“The Kim dictatorship is known for its crimes against humanity. Yet, the scope of its cruelty never ceases to astonish—the North Korean government’s exploitation and abuse of its people extends well beyond the borders of the dictatorship,” said HRF president Thor Halvorssen. “Incidentally, this nefarious State-sponsored system implemented to earn foreign currency is almost identical to the one put in place by the Cuban dictatorship, which ships health-care workers worldwide and makes billions of dollars through the exploitation of workers with no rights whatsoever,” he added.
In September, HRF launched the Global Coalition for the North Korean Human Rights Act (NKHRA). If signed into law by the South Korean National Assembly, the NKHRA would establish a human rights monitoring and documentation program; launch a campaign to educate the South Korean people about the human rights situation in North Korea; send humanitarian aid to the North Korean people; mandate financial support for South Korean civil society groups that smuggle information into the isolated North; and create high-level positions in the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Unification that are dedicated to promoting human rights in North Korea.
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies.
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