May 2: Worldwide Awareness Day for North Korean Refugees
Thursday, May 2, 2013 will be a Worldwide Awareness Day for North Korean Refugees to help raise public awareness of the ongoing crisis facing North Koreans in China. As you know, the situation facing North Korean refugees is worse than ever before since Kim Jong Un became dictator. China's assistance to the North Korean regime in hunting down and arresting North Koreans and those who try to assist them, and their collusion with the regime in illegally repatriating them back to North Korea has led to a substantial drop in the number of North Koreans being able to escape to freedom in South Korea and other countries. Now that Xi Jinping has assumed the presidency of China and China has shown its increasing displeasure with the regime, this peaceful campaign will focus on a direct appeal to Xi Jinping to reverse China's repatriation policy citing all the positive reasons why this would also be in China's best interest. We hope that free people around the world will stand with us - deliver petitions and letters to the Chinese consulates and embassies appealing to President Xi, but also host film screenings and other events to raise awareness about the cruel treatment of escaping North Koreans by the government of China.
Also, an important announcement regarding the Worldwide Awareness Day for North Korean Refugees May 2: You will see in this link why this event is so important as we have a copy of the Chinese police order regarding North Koreans thanks to the reporter Joo Sung Ha. Our colleague, Ms. Jung, translated it to English for us. This document is offering rewards for turning in North Korean refugees and severe punishment for those who know about the refugees and do not turn them into police. This is just a terrible reminder of the importance of continuing to raise this issue, and Patrick Cheh, the producer of Crossing agrees and has endorsed the Worldwide Awareness Day! He is also allowing us to have Crossing be the official movie for raising awareness of this issue. He wrote to us:
"When we produced Crossing several years ago we hoped that the film would help awaken people in South Korea and around the world to the dire situation in North Korea that leads to North Koreans risking their lives to flee to China in an attempt to save themselves and their families. Tragically, today the situation has not improved, but in fact has gotten worse and North Koreans are in even greater danger. We hope that through the Worldwide Awareness Day for North Korean Refugees, that more people will view this film to understand the reality of North Koreans and join the peaceful call to China to end their repatriation policy."
--Patrick Cheh, Producer, Crossing
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