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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.
RSVP to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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 
 
 
9:30 am-12:30 pmWorld Congress of North Korean Defectors organized by North Korea Freedom Coalition hosted by South Korea's Envoy for North Korea Human Rights Ambassador Jung Hoon Lee at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045. This is part of a worldwide movement (third in a series) spearheaded by Ambassador Lee and will include special testimonies by North Korean defectors, reading of a declaration and leading experts on preparing for unification.  Confirmed speakers include Ambassador Lee, defector leaders Huh Kwang Il, Choi Jeong Hun and Park Sang Hak and experts Dr. Katy Oh, Dr. Tara O, and Greg Scarlatoiu to advise on preparing for unification.  To attend, RSVP is REQUIRED -  no admittance if not pre-registered due to security at the National Press Club.  You must obtain a special barcode to enter this event, so RSVP required in advance to Hannah Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Immediately following:
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
 
12:00-1:30 pm Capitol Hill Forum Working for Regime Change in North Korea Through Broadcasting & Other Means.  Sponsored by the Defense Forum Foundation, this program will highlight the work by defectors to get information in and out of North Korea including outreach to those in power to bring about regime change and the end of the Kim dictatorship.  Leaders of Free North Korea Radio, Fighters for Free North Korea and the North Korea People's Liberation Front will inspire you with their incredible work to liberate their homeland from tyranny.  This program will be held in 2226 Rayburn House Office Building.  RSVP REQUIRED This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Also, we wish to recognize Anna Kook of debuNK at Cornell University who will sponsor a special conference in solidarity at Cornell during NKFW on Friday, April 28, 3:30 -5 pm.  If you are in that area and would like to attend contact Anna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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,
Suzanne