FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
15th Annual North Korea Freedom Week:
The Truth Will Set Them Free
WHEN: Saturday April 28 – Saturday, May 5, 2018
WHERE: Seoul, Republic of Korea
(Seoul, Republic of Korea) The 15th annual North Korea Freedom Week will be held in Seoul, April 28-May 5, 2018, to focus on the work of the North Korean defectors to change the hearts and minds of the people of North Korea to peacefully bring an end to the tyranny they suffer under the triple Kim dictatorships. Well over 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea. Many have formed organizations believing the truth will set them free. Thus, North Korea Freedom Week will focus on the efforts through radio broadcasting, balloon launches, and cross border information transfers the defectors have undertaken to spread truth to their homeland as well as their work rescuing those trying to escape.
“We will focus this year on the amazing work that defectors are doing to set the captives free in North Korea,” said NKFW Chair Suzanne Scholte. “We want the world to understand that what the defectors are doing – at great risk to their lives and their financial security – is the key to resolving the crisis in North Korea.”
“What a liar fears most is the truth,” said Park Sang Hak, chair of the North Korean Defector Association, “and the greatest liar in the world is Kim Jong Un. We can end the North Korean regime in a really simple way: by spreading the truth to our homeland.”
“Kim Jong Un justifies his enormous expenditures developing nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction by claiming that the DPRK is under threat of attack from the United States of America,” explained Kim Seong Min of Free North Korea Radio: “This is a powerful lie, but it is a lie, and once it is exposed as a lie, the people of North Korea begin to open their eyes to the truth: that Kim Jong Un is the source of all their misery and suffering.”
“While all the focus today is on the upcoming summits, we must never lose our focus on the PEOPLE of North Korea who are subjected to atrocious violations of human rights every day – said Scholte. “The Kim regime is committing crimes against humanity and his latest charm offensive should never shift our focus on the suffering people of North Korea who deserve to have the same freedoms South Koreans and American enjoy every day.”
North Korea Freedom Week will begin with an International Day of Prayer and Fasting for the freedom of the North Korean people. “It is very important to fight the Kim regime on the spiritual battlefield as well,” said Pastor Kang Chul Ho, who founded the first North Korean defector church in Seoul.
The call for a worldwide day of prayer and fasting came as a result of a US Congressional briefing in which Dr. Thomas Belke, one of the world’s leading experts on Juche and author of JUCHE: A Christian Study of North Korea's State Religion, testified that the spiritual evil pervading North Korea can only be defeated by prayer and fasting.
Anyone around the world can sign up to join this day at https://april28.org/
NKFW 2018 events are open to the public and will include an opening ceremony at the Korean National Assembly, a wreath laying ceremony at the Korean War memorial, briefings focused on the information campaign to North Korea and the situation facing refugees in China as well as opportunities to participate in outreach to North Korea through the distribution of USBs, radio broadcasting, and balloon launches.
North Korea Freedom Week is a week devoted to promoting the freedom, human rights and dignity of the people of North Korea and first began on April 28, 2004 in Washington, D.C. as “North Korea Freedom Day”. At the time it was the largest gathering ever held outside the Korean peninsula to promote freedom for the people of North Korea and led to the unanimous passage of the North Korea Human Rights Act. Chaired by Kim Seong Min and Suzanne Scholte, it has been held every year since in either Washington, D.C. or Seoul.
For further information visit www.nkfreedom.org