The second annual North Korean Human Rights Public Awareness
Week took place during Dec. 10th through 16th, 2007,
as set forth in Japan's “North Korean Human Rights Act,” which
was enacted in June 2006.
The many events held included government-hosted
events, as well as international conferences and symposiums.
Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR)
held an international conference jointly with the Society to
Help Returnees to North
the Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably
Related to North Korea, and the association of lawyers investigating
abductions by and human rights violations in North Korea.
events hosted by NGOs were held in Osaka and Sendai
as well as in Tokyo, indicating the spreading of interest
in the events hailed from 8 nations, the US, Canada,
Romania, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Burma.
Shocking news came on Dec. 14, midway through
the North Korean Human Rights Awareness Week, that a North
suicide inside a Chinese prison. She was protesting Chinese police
brutality and forced repatriation.
Click here to read the jointly
signed protest statement.
Below are photos from the international conference
and also from the press conference held at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club
in Tokyo on Dec. 14.
Kato, executive director of LFNKR, presents the opening
speech at the international conference on Dec. 14.
Read the speech
Saiga, special envoy for North Korean human rights,
gives the keynote speech. On Dec. 1, 2007, Ms. Saiga
was elected judge of the International Criminal Court
Horachaikol, Assistant Professor at Department of International
Relations, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkon
University, Bangkok, Thailand
Read the speech here
Peters, founder and director of Helping Hands Korea,
presents a speech illustrated with power point slides.
Outline of Tim Peter's speech
in the political prisoner camp were fed only two bowls
of corn with coarse cereal and seaweed soup with a
little cabbage. They received the same food every day.
A sample of the food was displayed at the press conference.