New Call for Repatriation of KAL Abductees

I hereby appeal to your conscience. Help me bring my father home. Please sign the petition calling for the Repatriation of the 11 KAL hijacking abductees in one of the following languages: English, KoreanGerman, FrenchSpanish, Portuguese, or Italian.)

According to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft, anyone who hijacks a civilian aircraft should be extradited or prosecuted “without exception whatsoever” (Art. 7) and be punished by “severe penalties” (Art. 2). But my father’s case has become an “exception”. For 47 years, the world has overlooked a cruel act of criminal savagery that has torn my family apart.

Your conscience has the power to bring my father home and deliver a long-awaited justice to my family. With a sense of deep desperation, I appeal to your compassion and ask that you sign my petition.  Continue reading “New Call for Repatriation of KAL Abductees”

Families of Victims Abducted by North Korea Agents Gather at Bangkok Symposium

November 18, 2016: The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) hosted an international symposium in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 17 at Kasetsart University’s political science department, supported by the Thai National Human Rights Commission. The family members of the victims of North Korean abductions in South Korea, Japan, and Thailand are set to get together at the event.

The symposium focused on the issue of North Korea’s actions and the response of the international community, covering the forcible disappearance of Japanese and Thai citizens, as well as abductions of South Koreans.

Abductions and forced disappearances by the North Korean state are also said to have been perpetrated against European and Southeast Asian citizens. However, due to complicating factors such as political ramifications and the safety of the victim’s families, the issue has not been widely publicized. Continue reading at Daily NK.

Loyal Son’s Lonely Crusade by Donald Kirk

September 1, 2016: Time slowly erases the traces of those held in North Korea. The longer they’re there, the easier it is to forget them. Their families, reluctant to invest more psychic energy on those for whom they know the North Koreans have no mercy, give up the quest.

As individuals move on, however, you wonder how or why bureaucrats in Seoul say nothing, do nothing. That’s a question Hwang In-cheol often ponders. He’s long since become accustomed to getting much the same response when he asks: Why can’t you please apply some pressure, do something, anything, to find out about my father?

Hwang’s father is Hwang Won, who’s been in North Korea ever since North Korean goons hijacked a Korean Air passenger plane on a domestic flight with 50 people on board in December 1969. Hwang was two at the time and has no memory of his father, a producer for MBC, but still has a black-and-white photo that shows him smiling as his father embraces him and a cousin. Alone among family members of the 11 whom North Korea never returned, Hwang refuses to accept indifferent shrugs and advice to let it go. Continue reading at Donald Kirk’s blog.