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Event news: A talk with North Korean refugee Sungju Lee

The EARHNK’s first event of the year is in the Houses of Parliament on 1 February:

A Talk With Sungju Lee: North Korean Refugee and UK Chevening Scholar

Venue: Committee Room 17, the Houses of Parliament, London
Date: Monday, February 1, 2016
Time: 5pm

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The European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea is proud to announce ‘A Talk With Sungju Lee: North Korean Refugee and UK Chevening Scholar’, which is to be hosted in the Houses of Parliament, London at 5pm on February 1st by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea.

Sungju will be speaking about:

1). Rescuing North Koreans from China and explaining the difficulties faced by North Koreans when they live in China.
2). His experiences of the UK and his hopes for a future North Korea.

Sungju is a 28-year-old North Korean student, studying – via the Chevening Scholarship programme – for a master’s degree in International Relations at Warwick University.

He grew up in an affluent home in the capital city until the age of 11, when his family had to move to the north of the country after his father was accused of committing a transgression. Shortly thereafter, his parents left the home to find food.

Following 5 years of life on the street as a kotjebi (street orphan), Sungju was able to escape North Korea at the age of 16. Since his arrival in South Korea, he has worked for a member of parliament in Canada, advising them on Korean politics and reunification.

Sungju will release a book about his life as a kotjebi (street orphan) in the US and UK in autumn this year.

Entrance is free. We recommend arriving at parliament about 45 minutes before the start of this event.


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