Justice for North Korea (JFNK) is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, grassroots organization trying to address the human rights crisis just 40 miles north of Seoul. We were founded and are led by a South Korean pastor whose calling is to help the North Korean people. However, all are welcome at JFNK regardless of one’s religious faith or nationality. Our members are united in our intense desire to assist the North Korean people.
Our mission is 1) to raise awareness and a sense of urgency (especially among South Korean young people) about the North Korean human rights crisis and 2) to help North Koreans refugees who have not yet reached safety.
History and Activities
Justice for North Korea started on May 23rd, 2007. From that day on we helped oppressed North Korean refugees in China by making their problem an international issue through 444 days of protesting, ending August 8th, 2008. We held our demonstration in front of Chinese, Japanese, American, and European embassies and consulates (of about 10 nations) in Korea and Europe to make known the Chinese government’s forcible repatriation of North Korean refugees. This problem has not yet been resolved. Together we are continually investigating, finding evidence, and striving to improve North Korea’s human rights situation.
On May 23rd, 2009, we began the weekly “Rescue NK” campaign in Insadong, a popular destination in Seoul for Koreans and foreigners alike.
More and more citizens are acting to improve North Korea’s human rights problems and North Korean refugees’ human rights situation. Our Saturday Insadong campaign has been conducted over 100 times; in the summer of 2010 we also campaigned in Gangnam on Sundays.
In addition to our street awareness campaigns, we hold screenings and benefit concerts in Seoul and have participated in conferences here as well as in Europe, North America, and other parts of Asia.