A Call for Action



The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), The Simon Wiesenthal Center & Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) present

A Call for Action

North Korea’s Political Prisoner Camp System
and the Plight of North Korean Refugees

Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8:00am - 1:30pm

The event will conclude with a book signing by Melanie Kirkpatrick (author of Escape from North Korea, The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad), Blaine Harden (author of Escape from Camp 14), and Shin Dong-hyuk (the hero of Escape from Camp 14).

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to hrnkla@hrnk.org.


8:00 a.m.


Breakfast and registration

8:30 a.m.

Welcoming remarks:
Andrew Natsios, HRNK Co-Chair (former USAID administrator)
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, HRNK Board member (Associate Dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center)

8:45 a.m.

Introductory remarks:
Senator Diane Feinstein (invited)
Representative Ed Royce, 40th District of California (invited)

9:15 a.m.

Keynote address:
Shin Yeon-sung, ROK Consul General in Los Angeles

9:30 a.m.

Panel 1: “The Hidden Gulag, The Lives and Voices of ‘Those Who Are Sent to the Mountains’”

David Hawk
Dr. Han Dong-ho

Blaine Harden, author of “Escape from Camp 14”
Shin Dong-hyuk, the hero of “Escape from Camp 14”

Hannah Song, LiNK President and CEO

10:50 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.

Panel 2: “North Korean Refugees and the Plight of Defection”

Melanie Kirkpatrick (The Hudson Institute)
Author, “The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad”
Roberta Cohen, Co-Chair, HRNK
China’s Repatriation of North Korean Refugees

Dr. Cho Jung-hyun (Korea Institute for National Unification)
Hannah Song, LiNK President and CEO

Greg Scarlatoiu, HRNK Executive Director

12:20 p.m.

Call for action:

Roberta Cohen, HRNK Co-chair
Hannah Song, LiNK President and CEO

12:30 p.m.

Book signing:

“Escape from Camp 14” (Blaine Harden, Shin Dong-hyuk)

“Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad” (Melanie Kirkpatrick)

(Refreshments will be served)

1:30 p.m.

Program concludes



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