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June, 2022

Congressional Testimony: Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission: South Korea’s Refugee Policy in the Yoon Administration: A New Openness to International Standards? (Virtual Hearing)

(Above link shows video testimony, links to written testimony and bios)

Opening remarks
  • Rep. Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chair TLHRC
  • Jong-Chul Kim, Esq. Senior Researcher, Advocates for Public Interest Law
  • Ethan Hee-Seok Shin, Ph.D., Legal Analyst, Transitional Justice Working Group
  • Moon Jun Sohn, M.D., Ph.D., Director, We All Friends (NGO), Professor, Neurological Surgery, Ilsan Paik Hospital, Inje University, Korea
  • Suzanne Scholte, Ph.D., Seoul Peace Prize Laureate and Chair, North Korea Freedom Coalition
  • Kennji Kizuka, Associate Director, Research & Analysis, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First


April, 2021

(Above link shows video testimony and links for witness written testimony)
  • Gordon G. Chang, Author, Losing South Korea and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World
  • Hon. Inho Lee, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Russian Federation under President Kim Dae Jung and Professor Emerita of Seoul National University
  • John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Suzanne Scholte, Ph.D., Seoul Peace Prize Laureate and Chair, North Korea Freedom Coalition
  • Jessica Lee, Senior Research Fellow for East Asia, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
  • Jeon Su-mi, Ph.D., South Korean human rights lawyer and Chair, Conciliation and Peace Society


December, 2017

December 12, 2017, Suzanne Scholte and Han Ga Hee (North Korean Defector, Announcer and Sound Engineer for Free North Korea Radio), Testimony before House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, “Protecting North Korean Refugees” Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Click here for Video

Transcripts for:

Han Ga Hee

Suzanne Scholte


September, 2012

North Korea: Ongoing Human Rights Violations in an Era of Change. Scholte and Defector testimonies. 
Congressional-Executive Commission on China, March 5, 2012. Emergency Hearing on China's Repatriation of North Korean Refugees. Scholte and Defector testimonies. 

September, 2011

On September 20, 2011, DFF President, Susan Scholte, two refugees and the Director of Free North Korea Radio testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, Africa, Global Health and Human Rights. 

The transcript of each testimony may be found at the following links:

Suzanne Scholte, President, Defense Forum Foundation
Young Soon KIM, Vice President, Committee for the Democratization of North Korea
KIM Seong Min, Director, Free North Korea Radio
Hye Sook KIM, Member, Free the NK Gulag


September, 2010

Escaping North Korea: The Plight of Defectors, Sept 23, 2010, Hearing Before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, House of Representatives. Transcript


May, 2009

Testimony before the Congressional Executive Commission on China, May 1, 2009
Written Testimony of Suzanne Scholte 

Defense Forum Foundation's Work Leads to Congressional Hearings on Radio Broadcasting and Horrors Facing Refugees in China 

Testimonies before the U.S. Congress by North Koreans and Suzanne  


Congressional Hearing Focuses on Western Sahara, Atrocities Against Sahrawis in Occupied Territory


Testimonies before the U.S. Congress by North Koreans and Suzanne Scholte