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Lecture: “My Escape & Korean Reunification” by North Korean defector Kim Young-Il

21-03-2016 at 20:00 - 21:30


Gain first-hand insight in the North Korean human rights situation with this exclusive lecture that is open and free for everybody and will take place in the Senate Room (Academy Building) at 8PM. Afterwards, drinks will take place at Peperstraat 19.

Kim Young-Il was born in North Korea and escaped in 1996 with his brothers and parents after years of persistent famine. Via China and Mongolia he arrived in Seoul and graduated in Chinese Studies. In 2006 he founded the organization People for Successful Corean Reunification (PSCORE), where the ‘C’ is used to represent the pre-20th century spelling “Corea”, when the two countries were one. It is the only NGO focusing exclusively on North Korean Human Rights with UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) special consultative status since 2012. Kim is the Executive Director and nowadays the NGO that is based in Seoul and Washington DC collects evidence of human rights abuses, speaks at UN Human Rights Councils and travels the world to raise international awareness of the situation in North Korea. Kim will fly in from Genève, where in March he will deliver a speech at the UN Human Rights Council.


20:00 - 21:30
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Juul Oosterhuis, Commissioner for Intellectual Activities