NGOs Keep Stories of Abductees Alive

September 4, 2017: “The third and last speaker was Hwang In Cheol, representing the KAL Abductees’ Repatriation Committee (KALARC). Mr. Cheol discussed his ongoing fifteen-year effort to repatriate his father, who was abducted when his Korean Air flight was hijacked and rerouted to North Korea by a North Korean agent in 1969. The flight, originally bound for Gimpo Airport, carried fifty-one people, consisting of four crew members and forty-seven passengers including the hijacker and Mr. Hwang’s father, an MBC producer. Mr. Hwang was just two years old at the time.” Continue reading at Daily NK News.

Stories From The North 3: Mr Hwang’s Speech

August 5, 2017: Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) and Seoul University of Foreign Studies (SUFS) co-hosted the third “Stories From The North” forum. The event featured several speakers, including two North Korean refugees who have studied with TNKR since 2015 and Hwang In-cheol, TNKR’s Fellow in Human Dignity. Here is Mr Hwang’s speech:

Moon Urges NK To Return Detainees Swiftly

June 20, 2017:  South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said North Korea should swiftly return South Koreans and Americans detained in the reclusive nation and that Pyongyang had “a heavy responsibility” in the death of a U.S. university student.

“Even today, there are many Korean nationals and American citizens who are detained in North Korea,” Moon said. “I also urge North Korea to return these people to their families.” Continue reading at Reuters.

 

 

Otto Warmbier Got an Extra Dose of Brutality From North Korea. The Mystery Is Why.

June 14, 2017: The news about Mr. Warmbier deepened the anxiety among families of South Koreans and Japanese citizens held in the North. North Korea is accused of kidnapping more than 450 South Koreans, mostly fishermen, and 12 Japanese citizens in the decades after the Korean War.

“This sounded like a warning to us, signaling what might happen to our family members if we spoke out against human rights abuses in the North,” said Hwang In-cheol, whose father was on a South Korean airliner hijacked to the North in 1969.  Continue reading “Otto Warmbier Got an Extra Dose of Brutality From North Korea. The Mystery Is Why.”

National Human Rights Commission of Korea Accused of Ignoring Abductee Issue

May 15, 2017: “I have submitted a petition to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) to locate my father who has been detained in North Korea for 48 years, but I received the following reply: ‘Your petition has been dismissed due to the highly political and diplomatic aspects of the case.’ If the Republic of Korea ignores the suffering of those whose family members were victims of the KAL hijacking incident, it is no better than a country that violates human rights.'” Continue reading at Daily NK.

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. Continue reading “New Call for Repatriation of KAL Abductees”

Son of KAL Hijacking Victim Advocates Tirelessly for Father’s Return

February 14, 2017: Today, we’re going to speak with Hwang In Cheol, whose father was kidnapped during the 1969 North Korean hijacking of Korean Airlines Flight YS-11. Thanks for coming in today. Can you start by telling us some basic information about the incident that separated you from your father?

“I was only two years old at the time. The domestic flight departed from Gangneung Airbase and was heading towards Gimpo Airport on December 11, 1969. It took off at 12:25 pm. Only 10 minutes after takeoff, a North Korean spy named Jo Chang Hui forcibly took control of the aircraft. The plane was rerouted to North Korea, and escorted by North Korean fighter planes….” Continue reading at Daily NK.

Abductees Remain Casualties of Nuclear Stand-off with North Korea

February 8, 2017: In 1969, Hwang In-cheol’s father was among the 47 passengers and crew aboard a Korea Air (KAL) airliner that was hijacked into North Korea. Most were released under intense international pressure, but 11 of them, including Hwang’s father, who was a journalist and outspoken critic of the then Kim Il Sung regime, were not allowed to return nor permitted to communicate with their families.

Continue reading “Abductees Remain Casualties of Nuclear Stand-off with North Korea”