North Korea Freedom Week Slated for US Capital this April

From Suzanne Scholte, North Korean Freedom Coalition

Below is a list of the public events being held the week of April 22-29 to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people. At the bottom of this page you will also find an invitation to Defense Forum Foundation’s Forum on Capitol Hill with North Korean Defectors on Friday, April 27. North Korea Freedom Week is just a few days away! Please help us promote attendance at these events by spreading the word. 

Below are also links to flyers (in PDF downloadable format) for the North Korea Genocide Exhibit and for the Washington, DC participation in the International Protest Against China’s Violent Repatriation of North Korean Refugees.

Remember, these protests will be occurring all across the USA at Chinese consular offices (Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.) as well as in other nations.

So, even if you cannot be in Washington, D.C. next week, you can make a difference by going to the nearest Chinese embassy or consular office at noon on Saturday, April 28.

The crisis regarding the North Korea refugees is escalating. China’s cruel policy is spreading to other nations and we must stand together wherever we are in this world against this brutality.

Warm regards,
Suzanne Scholte
North Korea Freedom Coalition 


North Korea Genocide Exhibit
Date: Monday, April 23 – Thursday, April 26
Time: Open Daily 9 am to 5 pm; Special Ribbon Cutting at noon Tuesday, April 24
Location: Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse near Union Station
201 F Street, NE, Washington, DC
Organizers: Sin U Nam, Moon Gook Han, Nathan Hill
Sponsor: International Coalition to Save the North Korean Slaves
Panel – Failure to Protect: A Call to the UN Security Council to Act on North Korea
Date: Monday, April 23
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: DLA Piper
1200 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Organizer: Debra Liang-Fenton
Sponsors: U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, DLA Piper
The Future of Radio Broadcasting into North Korea
Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Freedom House Ballroom
1319 18th Street NW, Washington DC
(Dupont Circle Metro Southside)
Organizer: Jessica Barnes
R.S.V.P. By April 20
Speakers: Kim Seung Min, Director, Free North Korea Radio
Ambassador Mark Palmer, Freedom House
John Fox, I-Media
Blanquita Cullum, Broadcasting Board of
Libby Lui, Radio Free Asia
Jay Henderson, Voice of America
Sponsors: Freedom House
Broadcasting Board of Governors
Free North Korea Radio
VIP Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:
North Korea Genocide Exhibit
Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse
201 F Street NE (near Union Station)
Organizers: Sin U Nam, Moon Gook Han, Nathan Hill
Speakers: Congressman Ed Royce
Hong Soon-Kyung, Chairman, NK Defectors
Assoc. & Vice-Chairman, Exile Committee for
NK Democracy (ECNKD)
Huh Kwang-il, President, Defector’s Association
Planning for Unification
Teruaki Masumoto, Secretary General,
Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped
by North Korea
Prof. Yoichi Yamada, Japanese Rescue Movement
Sponsor: Int’l Coalition to Save North Korean Slaves
Panel: Who’s Afraid of North Korean Regime Collapse?
Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 3-5 pm
Location: American Enterprise Institute
1150 17th Street NW, Wash. DC, 20036
Organizers: Nicholas Eberstadt, Chris Griffin
Speakers: Nick Eberstadt, AEI
Tom Malinowski, Human Rights Watch
Bruce Bechtol
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute
Congressional Hearing on China’s Treatment of North Korean Refugees & Humanitarian Workers
Date: Wednesday, April 25
Time: 10:30 am
Chaired by: Congressman Tom Lantos
Sponsor: Congressional Human Rights Caucus
Panel on Religious Persecution in North Korea
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 3-5 pm; panel followed by a reception
Location: The National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC
Reception to be held in 1st Amendment Room
Organizer: Lindsay Vessey
By April 13
With Name, Title, Organization
Speakers: Michael Cromartie of USCRIF
Congressman Trent Franks
NK Defectors, now church leaders
Eom Myong-Heui
Sung Gyu Lee
Carl Moeller, CEO & President of Open Doors
Sponsor: Open Doors
Capitol Hill Lunch Forum Featuring Visiting North Korean Defectors
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill
Organizer: Suzanne Scholte
by COB April 26
Admission: $30 (lunch included)
Speakers: Leaders of all NK Defector-led NGOs including
Hong Soon-Kyung
Huh Kwang-il
Kim Seung-Min
Kang Chul Hwan
Ahn Hyok
Park Sang Hak
And Special Guests:
Phillip Buck
Choi Yong Hun
Teruaki Masumoto
Sponsor: Defense Forum Foundation
Special Prayer Service for North Korea and the North Korean Defectors
Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 7 pm
Location: The Falls Church
115 East Fairfax St., Falls Church, VA 22046
Organizer: Pastor Heemoon Lee
NKFC Prayer Committee
Sponsor: North Korea Freedom Coalition
International Protest Against China’s Violent Treatment of North Korean Refugees
Date: Saturday, April 28
(North Korea Freedom Day Anniversary)
Time: 11:30 am Music
Program starts at 12:00 noon
Location: PRC Embassy
2300 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
PRC embassies and consulates around the world
Organizers: PSALT (New York / New Jersey)
Gail Beilitz (Houston)
Lindsay Vessey and Tom Byun (Los Angeles)
Paul Davis (Chicago);
Sin U Nam, Jeff Park, James Ham, Pastor Heemoon Lee, Suzanne Scholte (Washington, D.C.)
Marianne Bruning and Annechien Weening (Netherlands)
Willie Fautre (Brussels)
Abraham Lee & Peter Jung (Seoul)
Sponsor: North Korea Freedom Coalition
Open Doors
International Campaign to Block the Repatriation of NK Refugees





Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II
Suzanne Scholte, Chairman, DFF President
Congressman Ed Royce (CA-40th), Honorary Congressional Host

Promoting Freedom and Human Rights for North Korea

North Korean Defectors

As part of North Korea Freedom Week, North Korean defectors who lead organizations in South Korea advocating freedom and human rights for North Korea will discuss their work and what can and should be done to help the North Korean people.

During lunch, forum attendees will be seated with defectors and have the opportunity to visit informally and then a program will include brief presentations and commentary.

North Korean defectors confirmed to participate include:

  • Hong Soon-Kyung, chairman of the North Korean Defectors Association and Vice Chairman of the Exile Committee for North Korea Democracy (ECNKD);
  • Kim Seung Min, director, Free North Korea Radio;
  • Kang Chul-Hwan, Park San Hak and Lee Min Bok founders and representatives of the Democracy Network Against the North Korean Gulag;
  • Huh Kwang-il, president of the Defector’s Association Planning for Unification;
  • Kang Hak-Sil, representative of the North Korean Refugee Women Solidarity for Human Rights,
  • Eom Myong-Heui and Lee Sung Gyu, church leaders of the North Korean church
  • And others.

WHEN: Friday, April 27, 2007, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

WHERE: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill

If planning to attend, please RSVP by email or by phone to 703-534-4313 by noon, Thursday, April 26th to attend this forum.

PLEASE NOTE: A question and answer session will follow the speaker’s remarks.

COST: No charge to Members of Congress or Congressional Staff.

A $30 fee is requested from all others to cover the cost of the lunch. Due to Congressional rules, check must be received prior to the lunch to DFF, 3014 Castle Road, Falls Church, VA 22044.