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Defector Issues

Information related to North Korean defector issues

North Korea in September 2023: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK PRO

North Korea in September 2023: A month in review and what’s ahead

An analytical look at the main developments from September 1, 2023 to September 30, 2023

North Korea in September 2023: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK Pro
NK Pro October 2, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What is it like to serve in North Korea’s army reserves?

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to serve in North Korea’s army reserves?

All men must enlist in local forces in case of the outbreak of war, and training is often brutal and unpredictable

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to serve in North Korea’s army reserves?
Joshua Kim September 29, 2023
North Korean defector-activists welcome ruling to overturn leaflet launch ban

North Korean defector-activists welcome ruling to overturn leaflet launch ban

Activists say South Korean court upheld democratic principles, though some fear it may endanger border residents

North Korean defector-activists welcome ruling to overturn leaflet launch ban
Joon Ha Park
Joon Ha Park September 27, 2023
Driving change in North Korea through people, not the regime – Ep. 308
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Driving change in North Korea through people, not the regime – Ep. 308

Sokeel Park of Liberty in North Korea discusses need to focus more on DPRK citizens and not just country’s nukes

Driving change in North Korea through people, not the regime – Ep. 308
Jacco Zwetsloot
Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News September 27, 2023
Seoul asks North Korea to accept body that washed up on border island

Seoul asks North Korea to accept body that washed up on border island

Unification ministry says man’s possessions indicate he was DPRK citizen, though it’s unclear if he was trying to defect

Seoul asks North Korea to accept body that washed up on border island
Joe Smith
Joe Smith September 22, 2023
Activist launches anti-regime leaflets toward North Korea to mark Freedom Week

Activist launches anti-regime leaflets toward North Korea to mark Freedom Week

Park Sang-hak says Fighters for a Free North Korea released 20 balloons from border island despite calls for ‘restraint’

Activist launches anti-regime leaflets toward North Korea to mark Freedom Week
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim September 22, 2023
Settling in Seoul: What a North Korean escapee thinks of South Korean politics

Settling in Seoul: What a North Korean escapee thinks of South Korean politics

DPRK’s ‘revolutionary’ politics left no room for choice, but ROK’s democratic system can be bewildering for defectors

Settling in Seoul: What a North Korean escapee thinks of South Korean politics
Rose September 21, 2023
South Korean pastor charged with molesting six North Korean defector students

South Korean pastor charged with molesting six North Korean defector students

Prosecutors say alleged abuse of minors at pastor’s school took place over 6-year period, including in Dec. 2022

South Korean pastor charged with molesting six North Korean defector students
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer September 19, 2023
North Korea’s ‘egregious’ human rights abuses remain a ‘priority,’ US says

North Korea’s ‘egregious’ human rights abuses remain a ‘priority,’ US says

Washington raises concern about forced repatriation of defectors in statement marking start of North Korea Freedom Week

North Korea’s ‘egregious’ human rights abuses remain a ‘priority,’ US says
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim September 18, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What do socialism and capitalism mean to you?

Ask a North Korean: What do socialism and capitalism mean to you?

A defector shares what DPRK taught him about equality and how living in South Korea has shaped his views on capitalism

Ask a North Korean: What do socialism and capitalism mean to you?
David September 15, 2023
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