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2103 Mei 2014
Korean Human Rights Week in Jakarta
“Speak Out! Silenced Voices in North Korea”
From April 28th to May 2nd 2014 “Speak Out! Silenced Voices in North Korea” is held in Jakarta to shed light on the dire human rights situation and to honor the millions suffering in North Korea. This event is organized by Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) and co-organized by Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS).
Through an art exhibition, university seminar, essay contest, and movie screenings, Speak Out! depicts the realities of political prison camps, children’s rights, and the dangerous defection process. Kim Hye Sook, the survivor of Camp 18 who spent 28 years in prison also shared her stories and showed her hand-drawn map of the camp to the audiences of the event.
Closing ceremony is held on May 2nd afternoon with the announcement of the winners of essay contest and the reading of joint statement between NKHR and KontraS to North Korean Government. The statement is delivered in Bahasa by Coordinator Deputy of Kontras, Chrisbiantoro, at Gallery Cemara 6, Jakarta and also delivered in Korean by Kim Young-Ja, secretary of NKHR, in front of North Korean Embassy, Jakarta.
Joint Statement in Jakarta
- We gather in Jakarta, Indonesia, a life respect city, to bear in mind the principles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Charter, and also to honor the citizens of North Korea.
- The Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) held series of events in Jakarta, Indonesia, a main city in Southeast Asia, from April 28th to May 2nd 2014 to strengthen international cooperation and to seriously recognize various cases stated in the report of UN Commission of Inquiry, resolution by Human Rights Council, and et cetera.
- “Speak Out! Silenced Voices in North Korea” not only reflects the sympathy from the organizers of event, but also the attention and concern from people throughout Southeast Asia, including Indonesia. North Korean Human Rights Week aims to picture the dire human rights situation in North Korea and to gain solidarity from media, both domestic and international, young generation, and Indonesian people in general, through various cultural events, such as art exhibition, seminar, movie screenings, essay contest, flash mob, and et cetera.
- Many of the audiences are furious to the human right violation in North Korea and discussed the possible solution to help the victims. International world should demand the responsibility of parties involved in North Korean Human Rights violation.
- International pressure and accusation will increase if North Korean Government did not improve human rights situation seriously based on international aspiration.
Hereby, we urge the Government of People’s Democratic of Korea:
- to stop systematic, widespread, and grave violations of human rights;
- to stop discrimination based on social level, violence against women and disabled people, et cetera;
- to stop guilt-by-association method and deprivation against rights to live in political prisons and other detention units;
- to stop deprivation against freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and rights to privacy;
- to stop abduction based on country’s policy.
29 April 2014
Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR)
The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)