Human Rights - North Korea Susan Baek

Who is a refugee?

(n.) a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Why North Korea?

Right now, 24 million people face the most repressive regime in the world.

The people of North Korea are denied even the most basic rights of free speech, free movement, and information freedom, because the ruling elite prioritizes regime survival over all else. They use a brutally repressive system of political control to ensure their domination over society, employing extreme measures including collective punishment, public executions, and political prison camps.

The most brutal institution of social control are the five political prison camps that hold 80,000 to 120,000 people living on starvation rations and subject to hard labor. These are not just people who have ‘wronged the state’, but whole families who are condemned for the ‘crime’ of one person daring to question the country’s leadership.
Questions for Experts
  1. What is the most efficient way to approach this issue?
  2. What are the urgent problems that need to be solved?
  3. What is the best way that I can help these people as a high school student in New York?
Questions for the Class
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  2. Do you know of people that would be interested in helping this issue?
  3. Would you consider helping this issue?

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