(All below is from LiNK-Seoul. Scroll down for English.)
프로젝트 선샤인을 준비하는 과정에서 여러분들이 주신 많은 도움에 진심으로 감 사드립니다. ^^
LiNK가 벌이는 여러 활동들과 관련해서 언론, 국회, 협조적인 NGO 단체들, 그리고 수많은 사람들로부터 긍정적인 피드백을 받고 있습니다.
비록 몇몇의 프로젝트 선샤인 멤버들은 서울을 떠났지만, 남아 있는 멤버들이 이번 토요일 LiNK Seoul 의 모임에 함께해 그간의 활동에 대한 보고를 들려줄 예 정입니다.
6월 10일 이번주 토요일 LiNK 모임은 서울대에서 가질 계획인데요, 서울대입구역 (지하철 2호선) 3번 출구로 4시까지 오시면 서울대학교 내의 회의 장소로 함께 이동하도록 하겠습니다.
1. LiNK 티셔츠를 주문하신 분들께서는 티셔츠값 \10000 을 준비해주세요
2. 북한 인권을 옹호하는 입장에 있는 YGK 단체에서 우리 LiNK Seoul 멤버들을 YGK 정기모임에 초청했습니다. 관심있으신 분들께서는 11시까지 연세대학교 정문 앞으로 오세요.
오늘도 좋은하루 되시고, 곧 만나요! ^^
Thanks so much for all of your help in preparing for Project Sunshine! LiNK has been getting positive feedback from the press, Congressmen, supporting NGOS, and others for the work we have been doing.
Although most of the PS team members have left Seoul, those who remain will be joining us at our debriefing meeting this Saturday.
We will be meeting this Saturday, June 10th at Seoul Dae Ip Gu (Line #2) exit 3 by 4pm to walk to our potential new meeting place at Seoul National University.
1. If you ordered a shirt, the cost will be 10,000 won.
2. Young Guardians of Korea, an organization that supports North Korea human rights have invited the members of LiNK Seoul to attend their meeting this Saturday. If you are interested, please meet at the front entrance of Yonsei University by 11am.
I was going to wait for a final update on Project Sunshine on LiNK's blog before I posted these pictures, but I might as well get them up. They were from a small protest on May 31.
From what I have been able to gather, the LiNK lectures and symposiums were successful and the street actions a little less so. I also heard that there was a bit of nastiness at one lecture when some pro-Kim Jong-il students raided it (I certainly hope to hear more on that.
Here are the pictures (click for a larger view):
LiNK's May 31 protest in Seoul drew about 80-120 onlookers.
This banner roughly says "Their blood our responsibility is." In other words "Their blood is on our hands." I had to look up 책임 in my dictionary.
Nice street theater. They put on the KJI faces to demonstrate our culpability for what is happening to North Koreans if we choose to do nothing.
The friendly local plain clothes policemen were on hand.
I want to add that, if passion were all that is needed to help the people of North Korea, Hannah Song (I believe she is the woman in the ball cap in the third picture) would be able to do it all by herself. Of course, it is not enough and I hope LiNK continues to grow so they can help get human rights on the front burner in international dealings with North Korea.
I just receive a pretty large document from Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). The "manifesto" (my word) refered to in the passage below is in the post continuation. They have a few more events as part of "Project Sunshine." I hope you can make it to at least one.
Everything below is from LiNK except for two bracketed notes.
안녕하세요. 저희는 LiNK (Liberty in North Korea)라고 대학생들이 모여서 만든 미국에 본부를 둔 북한 인권 보호 단체입니다. 방금 읽으신 것처럼 지금 북한서는 아주 기본적인 인권들이 무참히 짓밟히고 있습니다. 다음주 수요일까지 여러곳에서 "서울기차"라는 다큐멘터리 상영과 심포지엄을 하고 있으니, 위 사실들이 믿기지 않거나, 더 알고 싶으신분들은 꼭 와서 같이 토론하는 시간을 가졌으면 합니다. 물론, 모든 행사는 무료입니다.그리고 다음주 수요일(5/31) 오전 11:30에 광화문 교보문고 앞에서 검정색 옷을 입고 북한 인권을 위한 시위를 합니다 . 많은 참여 부탁드리고, 이 글을 최대한 많이 퍼트려 주시기 바랍니다.
Hello. We are LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), a student group that works for North Korean Human Rights. As you have just read [see below], even the most basic human rights are being violated in North Korea. Throughout the following week, we will be hosting symposiums and screenings of the award-winning documentary, “Seoul Train.” So if you have any questions about what you have just read, please come out to discuss the issues. This Wednesday (5/31) at 11:30, we will be meeting in front of the Kyobo Building at Kwanghwa-moon, dressed in black clothing, for a protest for North Korean human rights. I hope to see many of you participate, and ask that you spread the word about our cause.
"서울 기차" 다큐멘터리 상영 일정 5월29일(월요일) 오후 8시 - 이스탄불 식당: 녹사평역 2번 출구 (길모통이 밑 지하도) 5월30일(화요일) 오후 12시, 오후 6시 - 경희대학교 : 청운관 지하1층, B117 6월1일 (수요일) 오후 5시 - 동국대학교 혜화관 202호
“Seoul Train,” an award-winning documentary, Screenings:
5/29 (Mon) 8:00 PM – Istanbul Restaurant, Noksapyung Station Exit #2 (Underpass by the corner)
Below is a media release from LiNK. I reformated it a bit for my blog but the content is unchanged. They have a lot of cool stuff going on, so be sure to join them when you can.
The rest of this post is a copy of the release:
International Grassroots NGO Liberty in North Korea Delegation To Meet Former Korean President Kim Young Sam Tomorrow Morning SEOUL –
On Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at 10:30 am, some 30 members of a delegation of members of LiNK, Liberty in North Korea, an international grassroots NGO, will be meeting with former President Kim Young Sam, at his residence in the Sangdo neighborhood of Seoul. LiNK is a group devoted to raising awareness of the North Korean humanitarian and human rights crisis, and engages in activism and advocacy on the issue. The delegation of LiNK members is in Seoul to encourage a domestic movement in Korea on the issue.
President Kim is a supporter of LiNK’s efforts, and is meeting to encourage the group and engage in a productive dialogue on how best to approach the urgent North Korean human rights issue. This week, LiNK will be sponsoring a series of four major symposiums on the issue throughout major Seoul university campuses, including:
May 22nd, 5:30pm - Koryo University: Kim Nyun Gwan So Theatre 418; Speakers: Tim Peters (Activist, Helping Hands Korea), Kang Chul Hwan (Defector, Co-Author of Aquariums of Pyongyang), and LiNK representatives.
May 23rd, 5pm - Sogang University: K Gwan 203; Speakers: Tim Peters (Activist, Helping Hands Korea); Sohn Jung Hoon (Defector, brother to be killed in a public execution in North Korea), and LiNK representatives.
May 25th, 1pm - Seoul National University - Socheon Convention Hall Bldg. 140-1; Speakers: Tim Peters (Activist, Helping Hands Korea), Kim Sung Min (President of "Radio Free North Korea"), and LiNK representative.
May 27th, 4:30 pm - Sookmyung Women's University: Centennial Hall 503; Speakers: Cho Myung Sook (Principal of Yuh Myung School/Jayoutuh School-helps North Korean refugees resettle in South Korea); Ahn Myung Chul (former North Korean prison guard), and LiNK representatives.
LiNK has been engaged in an active awareness campaign in Seoul for the past week, and will continues to sponsor exciting awareness campaigns in Seoul leading up to the coming election day on May 31.