Speech Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei-gGvLWOZI (Yeonmi Park makes speech at 8:40 and before that is introduction of Yeonmi park made by James Chau, who is a journalist, television presenter, and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador) Her speech is only 7 minutes long so please watch it!
Date: October 20, 2014
Summary: in the speech she speaks about her escape from “the darkest place in the world” and tells us actual stories about the serious abuse of human rights in the North. Many South Koreans analyze possible reasons behind the missing of the dictator in events but merely mention about the seriousness of human rights violation in the North. So she speaks during the Peach and Conflict Plenary Session at the 2014 Summit in Dublin to advocate on the situation for North Korea. Some of the key statements she made during her speech are:
- “North Korea is the only country in the world that executes people for making unauthorized international phone cells. North Koreans are being terrorized today”
- “When I was 9 years old, I saw my friend’s mother publicly executed. Her crime was watching Hollywood movie”
- “There’s only one channel on TV. There’s no internet. We aren’t free to move, sing , read, wear or think what we want”
- “I saw my mother raped. The rapist was a Chinese broker. I will never forget his face. The rapist had targeted me, I was only 13 years old”
Opinion: she speaks about human rights issues in North Korea and i posted about my opinion on the North’s such issues. Knowing that I already have posted about this issue, i decided to make one more update as she was elected as one of the 100 most influential person in the world after making this speech and Peter recommended me to watch this video. I was hoping everyone else reading my blog to watch this video too :D! So for my opinion on human rights issues in North Korea, please click https://siennashin0815.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/3-park-calls-for-action-on-norths-rights-situation/ This is the link to another posting.
Ted talks by other North Korean defectors:
(1) Hyeon-seo Lee “My escape from North Korea” http://www.ted.com/talks/hyeonseo_lee_my_escape_from_north_korea She was born in North Korea, leaving her home country to escape to China in 1997. She lived in China for 10 years but that was very painful as she had to hide her identity as a North Korean. If she is caught by the guard she would be sent back to the North forcefully, where she will be tortured and locked in a prison. After 10 years in China, she comes to Seoul, South Korea, where she faces hardships once again. She struggles to adjust to life in the bustling city. Now she has became an activist for fellow refugees, wishing to work at the UN or an NGO that advocates for the human rights of North Koreans, including their rights to be treated as political refugees.
(2) Joseph Kim “The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained” http://www.ted.com/talks/joseph_kim_the_family_i_lost_in_north_korea_and_the_family_i_gained He grew up during the great famine of the 1990s. At the age of 12 he saw his father starve to death, his mother disappear and his sister flee to China, searching for food. He was left alone in the North, starving. So he decides make a dangerous escape to China alone when he was 16, both for food and to search for his sister. Luckily, he fell under a good care and met Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), a NGO which helped him to escape to the United States. He arrived in the U.S. in 2007 as a refugee, living with a new western family who treats him like their own son. Joseph is currently studying in the college and also still searching for his sister.