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Escaping North Korea – The Plight of Defectors

Hearing Thursday, September 23, 2010 1 PM Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will take place at 1 PM on 9/23/2010, in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Thursday, September 23, 2010
1 PM
Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building
**This hearing will be available via webcast at**

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the status of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The North Korean regime under the leadership of Kim Jong Il is one of the worst violators of human rights in the world. Countless individuals attempt to flee the country each year seeking freedom and a better life. Unfortunately, the nightmare continues for many who cross the northern border into the People’s Republic of China. All too often these defectors become victims of human trafficking or face repatriation to North Korea if discovered by Chinese authorities. As North Korea appears to be preparing for a transition in leadership, the human rights situation remains precarious.
Carl Gershman, president, National Endowment for Democracy

Su-Jin Kang, founder and director, Coalition for North Korean Women's Rights

Mi Sun Bahng, North Korean defector

Jin Hae Jo, North Korean defector

Steve Kim, founder and director, 318 Partners

If you have any questions, please contact 202-225-3599.

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
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