September 21, 2020

Defector-turned-activist admits changing story, says may quit

Experts say admission damages Shin’s credibility, but not that of all defectors

A prominent North Korean defector and human rights campaigner has said he may end his involvement in activism after admitting he changed parts of his story.

Shin Dong-hyuk, famed defector and subject of the book Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden, had also testified in front of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in the DPRK. Harden told the Washington Post on Saturday that Shin admitted he changed key parts of his story.