April 20, 2024

Interview: How North Korean defector Jihyun Park found happiness in the UK

The human rights activist shares her defection story and how her experiences drove her to get involved in politics

Of all the thousands of candidates standing in the U.K.’s recent local elections, few had a backstory as unique as Jihyun Park. 

Escaping North Korea twice under difficult circumstances, and only being let out of prison because the guards didn’t want her to die on their watch, Park eventually became one of the few defectors to settle in the U.K.

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