Robert Park (activist)

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Robert Park (born July 23, 1981) is an ordained minister,[1][2][3] musician [4][5][6] and human rights activist [7] who went to North Korea on December 25, 2009[8][9] to protest against genocide and crimes against humanity allegedly taking place within the country.[10] He is a founding member of the nonpartisan Worldwide Coalition to Stop Genocide in North Korea.[11]

Before his involvement with North Korea-related work, Park was active as a missionary in Sonora, Mexico, where he had assisted in the organization and delivery of humanitarian relief over several years.[12][13]

As a victim of North Korean torture,[14][15][16][17][18][19] Park is preparing to file a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court under the Torture Victims Protection Act of 1991.[20][21]

His writings on the North Korean human rights situation have been published in the Harvard International Review, The Washington Post, Haaretz, San Jose Mercury News, Asia Times, South China Morning Post, National Post, The Diplomat, World Policy, Columbia Journal of International Affairs, The Hill, Future Korea Journal, The Korea Herald, The Korea Times and numerous other publications.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32] He is a contributor to World Affairs Journal.[33]

On December 19, 2011, Genocide Watch, an international NGO and human rights watchdog, published a report which quoted heavily from a 2011 article penned by Park for the Asia Times, entitled "North Korea and the Genocide Convention." The paper concluded North Korea was actively committing genocide as defined by the UN Genocide Convention.[34][35] Park has repeatedly called for concerned persons and organizations to increase financial support towards North Korean defectors, who are able to remit money back to their families in the North, potentially making possible an organized movement to halt atrocities.[36][37][38][39][40]

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  1. ^ Teresa Jun. "Tucsonans hold prayer vigil for missionary detained in North Korea", KOLD, December 30, 2009.
  2. ^ Love Responds."The Real Truth concerning Minister Robert Park", Medium.com, April 15, 2014.
  3. ^ NK FREE."Letter from Robert Park’s Parents To International Media ", Medium.com, March 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Blurt Staff. "Anti-genocide Activist Robert Park Releases Debut Music Video", Blurt Magazine, July 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "Video Premiere: "I am but a Child" by Malheur VOL". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Video Premiere: "In Love/Ascent" by Malheur VOL". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  7. ^ World Affairs. "Robert Park", World Affairs Journal, 2013.
  8. ^ Herskovitz, Jon. "Interview with North Korea border crosser Robert Park". Reuters Blogs. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  9. ^ "The True Meaning Of Martyrdom". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  10. ^ Carnegie Council. "Robert Park", Carnegie Council: The Voice for Ethics in International Affairs, February 15, 2012.
  11. ^ Carnegie Council. "Robert Park", Carnegie Council: The Voice for Ethics in International Affairs, February 15, 2012.
  12. ^ Love Responds."The Real Truth concerning Minister Robert Park", Medium.com, April 15, 2014.
  13. ^ Anna, Cahn. "Quest to end North Korean genocide evokes parallels to the Holocaust", Arizona Jewish Post, October 14, 2011.
  14. ^ Mcdonald, Mark (2010-10-27). "N. Korea Prison Torture Described". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  15. ^ "US Christian activist Robert Park on N Korea imprisonment - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  16. ^ American Recalls North Korea Torture, retrieved 2015-06-02 
  17. ^ "US missionary says NKorea jailers tortured him". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  18. ^ "Asia Times Online :: North Korean ordeal haunts US activist". www.atimes.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  19. ^ "North Korea: Witness to Transformation | Robert Park and Genocide and Torture II". blogs.piie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  20. ^ Carnegie Council. "Robert Park", Carnegie Council: The Voice for Ethics in International Affairs, February 15, 2012.
  21. ^ "North Korea: Witness to Transformation | Robert Park and Genocide and Torture II". blogs.piie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  22. ^ Carnegie Council. "Robert Park", Carnegie Council: The Voice for Ethics in International Affairs, February 15, 2012.
  23. ^ Robert Park."North Korea and the Genocide Movement", Harvard International Review, September 27, 2011.
  24. ^ Robert Park."When will we stop the genocide in North Korea?", Washington Post, April 21, 2011.
  25. ^ Robert Park."Battling a system of starvation", Haaretz, December 9, 2011.
  26. ^ Robert Park."Robert Park: North Korean refugees face slaughter when China repatriates them", San Jose Mercury News, February 28, 2012.
  27. ^ Robert Park."North Korea and the Genocide Convention", Asia Times, September 9, 2011.
  28. ^ Robert Park."The case for genocide in North Korea", Korea Herald, February 8, 2012.
  29. ^ Robert Park."South Korea must act to save the lives of refugees from the North", National Post, December 27, 2011.
  30. ^ Robert Park."US silence on North Korea", Korea Times, November 14, 2012.
  31. ^ "Responsibility to Protect in North Korea". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  32. ^ "North Korea: The World's Principal Violator of the "Responsibility to Protect" - JIA SIPA". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  33. ^ World Affairs. "Robert Park", "World Affairs Journal", 2013.
  34. ^ Hye-Won, Kim. "GENOCIDE and POLITICIDE ALERT: NORTH KOREA", "Genocide Watch", December 19, 2011.
  35. ^ Robert, Park. "North Korea and the Genocide Convention", Asia Times, September 9, 2011.
  36. ^ Park, Robert (2011-03-29). "When will we stop the genocide in North Korea?". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  37. ^ "(Yonhap Interview) Robert Park calls for cash remittances to N. Koreans to topple regime | YONHAP NEWS". english.yonhapnews.co.kr. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  38. ^ Herald, The. "Seoul should protect North Korea defectors in China by law: activist". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  39. ^ https://youtube.com/devicesupport, 2015-04-17, retrieved 2015-06-02  External link in |title= (help)
  40. ^ "North Korea: Witness to Transformation | Yodok Update". blogs.piie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02.