February 25, 2024

Interview: How North Korean defector Timothy Cho became a believer in democracy

Imprisoned for trying to escape, Cho recounts how he settled in the UK and decided to pursue a career in politics

As a North Korean defector, Timothy Cho followed a path into British politics that was far from typical.

His parents fled the DPRK when he was a boy and left him an orphan whom the state branded a member of the hostile class. Repeated attempts to escape himself resulted in multiple stints in prison, where he says he witnessed shocking violations of human rights.