The 14th Annual North Korea Freedom Week April 23-29: Preparing for Regime Collapse and Peaceful Unification will begin this Sunday and as always we have many public events open to everyone. Some require RSVPs and all details are listed below.
The objectives of NKFW2017 are to: 1) Communicate to the current leadership in North Korea that there is an alternative to the Kim Jong Un dictatorship; 2) Give vision and hope for the future to all Koreans: North and South; and 3) Provide North Korean defectors an opportunity to positively engage on plans for Korean unification but also advise the international community on how to prepare for regime collapse.
Confirmed Public Events: All Open to Public but Note where RSVPS are required.
April 23, Sunday
3 pm -- Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C., organized by the North Korea Freedom Coalition hosted by the Korean War Memorial Foundation. This event will feature the North Korea Freedom Week defector delegation including members of the North Korea People's Liberation Front (former DPRK soldiers). Every North Korea Freedom Week begins with this emotional ceremony where former North Korean soldiers, raised from childhood to hate Americans, lay a wreath to honor the Americans and others who died for South Korea's freedom and pledge to honor their sacrifice by dedicating their lives for North Korea's freedom. This event is open to the public and no registration is required.
April 24, Monday
1-4 pm -- North Korea's Gulag: Addressing an Ongoing Humanitarian Emergency: this special program will address the ongoing suffering in North Korea's political prison camps, recent findings and what must be done to ensure that the prisoners will be saved when the regime ends. Expert speakers include Greg Scarlatoiu, Roberta Cohen, Nicholas Eberstadt, Anthony Ruggiero, Rosa Park, and North Korean eyewitnesses. Sponsored by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and hosted by Jason West and the George Washington University THINK at the GWU Betts Theater, Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 22052.
April 25, Tuesday
7-8:30 pm Vigil for North Korean Refugees at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, 3505 International Drive, NW. Washington, DC. 20008. North Korea Freedom Coalition activists and the visiting defector delegation will gather to remember and read aloud the names of the North Korean men, women, and children forcefully repatriated to North Korea by Chinese authorities to face certain torture, certain imprisonment and even execution. No registration is required.
April 26, Wednesday
12 noon- 2 pm Special Lunch Program focusing on North Korean orphans and plight of North Korea's Children organized by the Isabella Foundation hosted by Georgetown THINK. This event will include defector testimony from Lim Hye and Lee Si-young of how the regime uses orphans and other children for slave labor and how North Korean orphans suffer in China. It will also include a discussion of successful programs to help North Koreans with Park Jung Oh as well as a call to action focused on ways to address this human rights tragedy. This event will be at Georgetown University. RSVP at bit.ly/NKFW2017Children
6 pm-? (til they kick us out!) North Meets South: Celebrating Unification Concert organized by North Korea Freedom Coalition and hosted by George Washington University THINK. We wanted to do something fun and feature both South Korean and North Korea singers and musicians. This will be chance to celebrate unification and enjoy great fellowship and music. Event will be held at the GW Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom (3rd Floor) 800 21ST Street, NW, Washington, D.C. RSVP at bit.ly/NKFW2017Concert
April 27, Thursday
12:40-1:40 pm Demonstration Against China's Repatriation Policy and Support of DPRK organized by NKFC and the NKFW Delegation at the CCTV HQ 1099 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC.
April 28, Friday
I look forward to seeing you during the 14th Annual North Korea Freedom Week 2017.
But if you cannot attend in person, we will record these events and in most cases both a video and a transcript will be available. Most importantly, Free North Korea Radio will be broadcasting all NKFW events into North Korea!
Have a blessed North Korea Freedom Week!
Until they are FREE,