11 May, 2014
11 May, 2014
23 January, 2014
“Since coming to power, Kim Jong-Un has strengthened control measures and security posts on the border between North Korea and China, to put an end to attempts to escape North Korean citizens . It also increased the penalties against border guards may receive bribes defectors.”
14 June, 2013
The Defector will be having its first broadcast this June in Canada and Australia, marking the 63rd anniversary of the Korean war.
In Australia you can catch THE DEFECTOR: ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA, presented by Kerry O’Brien, on Monday June 17th at 8.30pm on ABC1. It is repeated on Tuesday June 18th at 11.35pm and can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday June 22nd at 8.00pm or ABC iview .
In Canada, THE DEFECTOR will air on TVO Wednesday, June 26th at 9:00pm and midnight EST. It will be repeated on Thursday, June 27th at 9:00pm EST, Friday, June 28th at 10:30pm EST, and Sunday June 30th at 10:00pm EST.
We hope you will be able to tune in!
6 June, 2013
7 February, 2013
Over the border into China, crossing 3,000 miles and through the jungle to Thailand -The Defector Interactive takes you undercover as you choose your path to freedom. Check out this exclusive first glimpse of the animated journey.
The Defector Interactive launches February 15, 2013.
Will you have what it takes?
29 January, 2013
Party Rockets in North Korea
Schoolyard bully, North Korea, is picking fights with the popular South Korea, threatening “strong physical counter-measures” if SK backs U.S. sanctions made by the UN – aka the ‘No NKs Allowed’ Club. Not a new fight, but this time NK’s only friend China is fed up. China, the only country that will share their lunch with North Korea, said that they will reduce assistance if they continue to engage in nuclear tests. That said, China is not just going to start playing on the other side of the playground. If South Korea and her besties, U.S. and Japan, try to promote the harsh UN sanctions, China will step in and force them to behave better and make amendments.
The United Nations, aka ‘No North Koreas Allowed’ Club
China is already a little mad with North Korea for the missile launches, and says it’ll walk if there’s a third launch. China is making sure North Korea knows what is at stake, “I’m already your only friend. Don’t push me away too, You’re better than this.”
Perhaps North Korea is mad because China has begun spending more time with the U.S, and is even laying down some groundwork for the three of them to hang out.
7 January, 2013
19 October, 2012
29 October, 2011
Park Sung-Hak releasing balloons accross the China-North Korea boarder in April. Photo by Jung Yeon-je, AFP/Getty Images
Activists on the China-North Korean border risk arrest, jail and now assasination by poison needles. A 46-year old pastor, going by the name Patrick Kim, collapsed on August 21st in Dandong, a town in China overlooking North Korea. South Korean diplomats believed he was murdered by North Korean agents in retaliation to humanitarian efforts helping people escape North Korea. But one day later a South Korean missionary in China felt a pinprick, and heard a man apologize to him, before collapsing at an intersection. He luckily survived the attack. One month later South Korean intelligence announced that they arrested a North Korean defector, charging him with plotting a poison needle attack in Seoul on Park Sung-hak. Park is a human rights activist who recently launched balloons carrying anti-regime propaganda into North Korea. Only a basic autopsy on Patrick Kim’s body was conducted, as South Korea is cautious about blaming North Korea for the acts. Although activists have no doubt that Kim was murdered, South Korea is not prepared to take the action required with accusing the North.
For more information and interviews, read Barbara Demick’s article in the Los Angeles Times.
16 October, 2011
China will repatriate 20 North Korean defectors arrested this September in Shenyang, China. Once returned to North Korea, the escapees face imprisonment in a prison camp, torture and/or execution. It is South Korea’s constitutional duty to protect all defectors to the best of their ability, and they have asked Beijing repeatedly to reconsider releasing the group. Chinese diplomats are concerned about a spiraling effect if they comply with Seoul’s request. China risks diplomatic relations with its North Korean ally if they release the group to South Korea, claiming ”it would undermine its attempts to prevent a flood of defectors.”
Full article at The Washington Post