News & Events

Activity News

First North Korean Human Rights Week to be held in Indonesia
Name :
engnkhr
Date :
2015-04-08 21:01:00
Hit :
4227

PRESS RELEASE
2014.04.14

First North Korean Human Rights Week to be held in Indonesia:
Speak Out! Silenced Voices in North Korea

- Opening remarks by Marzuki Darusman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- Special visit from Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights, the National Commission on Violence against Women, and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)
- Many events such as exhibitions, film screenings, seminars and essay contests will be held during the week

From April 28th to May 2nd, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights will be co-hosting a North Korean Human Rights Week with KontraS – the commission for “the disappeared” and victims of violence –and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). The theme of the week is “Speak Out! Silenced Voices in North Korea,” dedicated to those who are suffering grave human rights violations in North Korea.

For a long time, many South East Asian countries have either opposed or abstained from voting in favor of UN Human Rights resolutions regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights believes that Indonesia – a leading Southeast Asian nation – will play an important role in the future. In the past, Citizens’ Alliance held two North Korean human rights campaigns in Indonesia. This time, Citizens’ Alliance will host a weeklong campaign in order to reach out to a larger audience and shine light on North Korean human rights issues. At this year’s events, two North Korean defectors, Kim Hye Sook and Kim Eunju, will share their experiences living in North Korea and finally escaping the country to find freedom.

The art exhibition, seminars and film screenings will officially open on April 28th at 6:00 PM (18:00) at the Camera 6 Galeri. NKHR board member Won Jae Chun will moderate the opening ceremony, and Kim Suk Woo, former Vice Minister of Unification, will make the opening speech. In addition, Marzuki Darusman, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, will attend the opening ceremony as our honored guest. Marzuki Darusman is widely respected in Indonesia as the former member of the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia and for serving as the country’s prosecutor general. The opening ceremony will also screen a documentary directed by Citizens’ Alliance for NKHR called 'North Korea Through the Eyes of Witnesses,’ and there will be a poetry reading feature the poems of Jang Jin Sung, a North Korean poet.

The art exhibit, centered on the theme of North Korean human rights, will be held at the Camera 6 Caleri from April 28th (Monday) to May 2nd (Friday). The exhibit will consist of artwork produced by political prison camp survivors, North Korean artists and middle and high school students who participated in the drawing contest, “Life of North Korean Children through the Eyes of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” organized by Citizens’ Alliance and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. People will also have an opportunity to hear Kim Hye Sook share her stories of living in Camp 18 for 28 years and see her hand-drawn map of the political prison camp. 

On April 29th (Tuesday), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) will have a seminar titled ‘The Long Journey to Try and Improve the Ongoing North Korean Human Rights Issues.’ In this seminar, both the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and KontraS will talk about the possible methods for improving human rights issues in North Korea.

On April 30th (Wednesday) and May 1st (Thursday), film screenings of the movie ‘Crossing’ will take place at the Camera 6 Galeri. ‘Crossing’ is a film about a family’s misfortune and the son’s attempt to escape North Korea and reunite with his father again. The movie will give insight to the lives of North Koreans, especially North Korean refugees, and North Korean human rights violations.

On May 1st (Thursday) at 2 PM (14:00), a flash mob will take place at Indonesia’s Lotte Department Store. About 50 students from Indonesia and Korea will dance to the song ‘Arirang.’ The students will also screen a short video and talk about the purpose of holding a North Korean Human Rights Week in Indonesia. The preparation for the flash mob has already garnered a lot of attention within the Indonesian community, and many people are looking forward to this event.

Citizens’ Alliance has asked major organizations such as Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights, the National Commission on Violence against Women, and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), to participate in the North Korean Human Rights Week to discuss the different ways we can improve the human rights situation in North Korea. In particular, we are looking forward to a more in-depth and fruitful discussion between the National Commission on Violence against Women and AICHR as this is our second cooperation for North Korean human rights.

The North Korean Human Rights Week: “Speak Up! Silenced Voices in North Korea” will hold its closing ceremony on May 2nd (Friday) at the Camera 6 Galeri. The closing ceremony will consist of the reading of a summary about the seminar discussions in improving the situation in North Korea, and the announcement of the Essay Contest winners (Indonesian college students were given the opportunity to submit a paper about ‘Indonesia’s Role in North Korean Human Rights’ to Citizens’ Alliance for the Essay Contest until April 30th, 6PM).

We hope the North Korean Human Rights Week in Indonesia will raise awareness throughout the community – to the citizens of Indonesia, neighboring countries, NGOs, journalists, and students – about the grave human rights violations in North Korea and the hardships many North Koreans face. In the end, we hope all South East Asian countries will vote in favor of the UN Human Rights resolutions regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

■ Information: Maria Rita Hagusian, Lilian Lee, NKHRevents@gmail.com, +82-2-723-1672
■ Attachment: Invitation