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North Korea Freedom Week April 28 - May 4, 2019
16th Annual North Korea Freedom Week April 28-May 4, 2019:
"Listen to the North Korean Defectors: Then You Will Know the Truth"
 
North Korea Freedom Week returns to Washington, D.C. this year with the 16th annual North Korea Freedom Week kicking off Sunday, April 28th with an international day of prayer and fasting for North Korea's freedom and a wreath laying ceremony at the Korean War Memorial to be followed by a week of activities focused on promoting freedom for the people of North Korea people.  This year's theme is: Listen to the North Korean Defectors: Then You Will Know the Truth and events throughout the week will feature the testimonies of North Korean defectors to focus attention on the four major topics listed below.
Exposing Kim Jong Un's Strategy: Latest Information from Inside North Korea: North Korean defectors who were elites in the regime will expose Kim Jong un's strategy to maintain power and report on the latest information coming out of North Korea
 
Human Rights Abuses Against the DPRK Military: Eyewitnesses will expose the human rights abuses the Kim regime commits against the North Korean military from high ranking officers being publicly executed, the abuse of female soldiers and the use of the military to carry out the illegal activities for the regime
China's complicity in the enslavement of North Korean women and children: Eyewitnesses will discuss the lack of human rights protections for North Korean women and children and how China's complicity leads to their enslavement in both countries
How Women Created the North Korean Market System: While it is understood that North Korea now has a thriving market system, the role of North Korean women in creating that market system is underappreciated.  Women who were part of the markets creation will tell their stories.
In addition to panels and briefings on the aforementioned topics, the North Korea Freedom Week delegation will participate in events ranging from a candlelight vigil to remember those repatriated back to North Korea to a demonstration at Chinese Central TV station.  With the exception of private meetings, all events are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
Background: North Korea Freedom Week is an annual event held to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people.  It first began in 2004 in Washington, D.C., as North Korea Freedom Day, the largest gathering of individuals to promote human rights in North Korea that had ever been held outside the Korean peninsula.  U.S. Members of Congress credited North Korea Freedom Day as being the key catalyst behind the passage of the North Korea Human Rights Act that same year.  Since 2005, the event was expanded to a week and has included rallies, Congressional hearings, protests, film screenings, concerts, prayer vigils, exhibits, and other events specifically to promote awareness and action on behalf of the world's most suffering people.  The most important quality of North Korea Freedom Week has always been the significant participation of North Korean defectors who testify, speak out and provide eyewitness testimony.  Among the many highlights of NKFW have been the opportunity for defectors to meet with President of the United States, Congressional hearings exposing the political prison camps, trafficking of North Korean women in China, the issue of South Korea and Japan abductees and South Korean POWs, North Korea's illicit activities from proliferating nuclear technology to drug trafficking and counterfeiting.  From 2004-2009, NKFW was held in Washington, D.C. and included events in New York City, while from 2010-2014, it was held in Seoul and included events in Busan.  Since 2015, the week has alternated between the USA and South Korea.  NKFW was established and co-chaired by Suzanne Scholte (North Korea Freedom Coalition) and Kim Seong Min (Free North Korea Radio).
Regular updates for North Korea Freedom Week events will be sent out as more events are confirmed.  Below is the preliminary plans for the visiting delegation and events so far:
PUBLIC EVENT SCHEDULE for 
NORTH KOREA FREEDOM WEEK 2019 (as of April 23)
Sunday, April 28

International Day of Prayer and Fasting for North Korea's FREEDOM
Everyone invited to sign up to pray and fast on April 28th here
Special prayers will be posted and distributed
9:30 AM North Korea Freedom Week delegation will attend church services together
Host: Christian Freedom International and New Hope Church
80 North Lake Avenue, Front Royal, Virginia   22630 
Open to the Public, No RSVP required
 
3 pm Wreath Laying Ceremony
Korean War Memorial
Host: Korean War Memorial Foundation and North Korea People's Liberation Front
Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Open to the Public, No RSVP required
NKFW Delegation will visit David's Tent
Host: Nancy Purcell and NKFC
Monday, April 29
2- 4 pm Panel Sessions focusing on topic: Women and Market Mechanisms in North Korea
Host: Dr. Victor Cha and Center for Strategic and International Studies
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  20036
Open to the Public, RSVP information will be posted, event will be live streamed
Event information and RSVP here:

5-7 pm Welcome Reception to honor NKFW delegation
Host: Dr. Mark Tooley and Faith McDonnell
The Institute on Religion and Democracy, 1023 15th Street, N.W., Suite 601, Washington, D.C.  20005
Open to the public, but RSVP REQUIRED for admittance
Event information and RSVP here
Tuesday, April 30
PENDING NGO PANEL TBA
2-5 pm Heritage Foundation hosts panel sessions: Bridging the Policy Gap Between North Korean Human Rights and Security Threats
Host: Bruce Klingner and Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C.  20002
Event information and RSVP here


7 pm Korean American Community Dinner to Honor NKFW Delegation; topic to be featured: North Korea Human Rights Movement and the Moon Government  
host: Dr. Sekwon Chong and Korea Freedom Alliance
Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant, 8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna VA 22182
Especially for the Korean American community but Open to the Public
General admission price of $20 includes dinner
RSVP Requested to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wednesday, May l  (MAY DAY)
PENDING AM BRIEFING (REQUESTED) 
7 pm NKFW Delegation to attend services at Arlington Community Church
Host: Christian Freedom International and Arlington Community Church
6040 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia  22205 703-533-9874
Thursday, May 2 (National Day of Prayer; Holocaust Remembrance Day)
3-5 pm Panel on Plight of North Korean Orphans: eyewitness testimony followed by panel discussion
Host: Isabella Foundation
Location: TBA
Open to the Public, RSVP requested
7 pm North Korea Freedom Coalition Meeting and Dinner in Honor of NKFW Delegation
Host: North Korea Freedom Coalition
Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant, 8240 Leesburg Pike, Vienna VA 22182
Open to the Public, RSVP Required for admittance: $20 dinner
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Friday, May 3
12:00 noon - 2 pm Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum:
"North Korea: What are The Prospects for Regime Change from Within?"
Host: Defense Forum Foundation
2168 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Open to the Public, RSVP Required for Admittance
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5 pm: Protest against China's Repatriation of North Korean Refugees
Host: North Korea Freedom Coalition
1099 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
7 pm Candlelight Vigil for North Korean Refugees at the PRC Embassy
3505 International Place NW, Washington, DC
Host: North Korea Freedom Coalition
Open to the Public, No RSVP Required
 Saturday, May 4
no public events scheduled