Statement addressed to EU and European countries’ organizations participating in skill-sharing and humanitarian aid to the DPRK

February 22, 2020 As an NGO working to improve human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (hereafter DPRK), PSCORE wants to raise the issue of various forms of skill-sharing and humanitarian aid given by various public, private and/or non-profit organizations from European countries and/or the European Union to the North Korean state in …

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Rightscon 2019 ‘North Koreans need real information’ session

PSCORE presented at RightsCon for the very first time this year. In our session, ‘North Koreans Need real Information’, we discussed how the internet and factual information changed North Korean’s view on their own country and the rest of the world. Our testimony video showed the case of Mr. Roh who was able to escape …

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UN HRC Visit March 2019

We visited the United Nations’ Human Rights Council once again. This year, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council in March and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Universal Periodic Review in May are important times for UN schedules and ongoing summits between North Korea and the United States. We hope our visit helped in order …

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Pscore EU Parliament visit

PSCORE visited conference about the Human Rights situation in North Korea and presented their findings.This conference took place at the European Parliament in Brussels and was hosted by MEP László TŐKÉS, EPP. The topics PSCORE brought to the table were Children’s rights in North Korea and the Korean Air abduction case from 1969. An update …

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Pscore in New York

On the 22nd of October the PSCORE Team went to the United Nations Headquarters to pick up their groundpasses for the UNHQ. Here they enjoyed a tour through the building and watched the DPRK’s speech at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee. This committee deals with matters concerning human rights …

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Seminar Asking the World Youth–Beyond the Cold War towards International Peace, October 5th 2018

We hosted a seminar titled: “Asking the World Youth–Beyond the Cold War towards International Peace”. Its purpose was to identify problems and to deliver an international perspective and discussion on peace settlement of the Korean Peninsula through the viewpoints of youths. We had three experts discussing the peace issue on the Korean Peninsula as well …

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“Human Rights Abuses in North Korea” at the 37th Human Rights Council session (March, 14th)

On March 14th, PSCORE co-hosted its own side event entitled “Human Rights Abuses in North Korea” at the 37th Human Rights Council session.  PSCORE member Bada started off the event by discussing the prevalence of child labor abuse, one of the major human rights abuses in North Korea. He was then followed by North Korean …

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37th session of the United Nations Humans Rights Council (March 9th-14th)

On the 12th of March, PSCORE’s founder and executive director, Young-Il Kim, presented his oral statement as part of the interactive dialogue of the Special Rapporteur, where he talked about corruption and human rights violations in North Korea. We hope Young-Il’s words were able to raise awareness on this important issue. The full transcript can …

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PSCORE sent letters to UNHRC Members State delegations (March 9th)

On March 9th, PSCORE sent letters to 53 UNHRC Member State delegations to present an invitation letter, handwritten statements from North Korean defectors, alongside our report on child labor within North Korea. The letter is intended to invite the delegations to our side event. We hope that the hard labor and the time spent on …

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New English book, Special Edition – Democracy and Human Rights (December 15th, 2017)

Our new English book, Special Edition – Democracy and Human Rights, has been released! In addition to the usual textbooks we have been used for our English teaching program, PSCORE has worked really hard during the year in order to finalize this edition before 2018. Indeed, it is one of our remarks of the year. …

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Campaign at Gwanghwamun Square (November 20th – 24th, 2017)

Although weather conditions gave our team hard time at the Gwanghwamun Square, this year’s last street campaign has ended on a successful note. PSCORE thanks everyone who took part by donating, getting our books and answering the questions on the sticky note board – please check out all the interesting things people wrote on the …

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Campaign during the Migrant World Film Festival at Ewha University (October 27th – 29th, 2017)

From October 27th to October 29th, PSCORE held a campaign and a selfie contest to spread awareness about the human rights violations in North Korea during the Migrant World Film Festival at Ewha University. Big thanks to everyone who came to visit our stand and took part in the selfie contest! Check out some of …

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A small-scale speech event with one defector and 30 visitors from Australia and New Zealand (October 2017)

On the 8th of October 2017, 30 visitors from Australia and New Zealand arrived to our office to attend a small-scale speech event with one defectors. After hearing our speaker’s life story, the guests were able to learn more about the hard life in the DPRK. Many had the opportunity to ask him questions, and …

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Speech event at Korean University with a former North Korean defector (July 5&17, 2017)

The 17th of July 2017, we had an event at Korea University where students were able to hear the perspective of a North Korean elite on several important topics related to North Korean human rights and the Kim regime. The topics of the event sparked a lively discussion during the Q&A session, where our audience …

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North Korean defectors, PSCORE interns, and volunteer teachers watched a movie together (July 10th, 2017)

On July 10th, 2017, several North Korean defectors, PSCORE interns, and volunteer teachers watched the newest Spiderman movie together. While there were several opinions on the movie everyone enjoyed being able to talk about it and getting to know each other at a cafe near the theater. After talking to people who attended the event, …

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A Survey of North Korean Defectors’ Perspectives on Political Issues and Security in South Korea (April 2017)

The Constitutional Court upheld the impeachment of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye in March 2017. Shortly after, the People for Successful COrean REunification  (PSCORE) surveyed 150 North Korean defectors both online and offline. The survey looked into their perspective on the South Korean political situation and investigated the common perception that North Korean defectors …

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Speech on the women’s rights in North Korea at the 9th annual Human Rights Asia Conference, UK (March 2017)

In March 2017, PSCORE’s founder and a North Korean defextor, Kim Young-Il, shared his insight on women’s rights in North Korea at the 9th annual Human Rights in Asia Conference, UK. “Of most concern was Young-Il’s observation that there is not even such a term as women’s rights in North Korea.” Read more from the …

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Child labor abuse in North Korea

Child labor abuse is a widespread and systematic problem in North Korea. Children are exploited to construct railroads, gather materials, and farm the land. Indoctrinated and Exploited is a collection of interviews with North Korean defectors about their firsthand experiences with these abuses.

Event “Unprotected and Exploited: North Korean Women and Children” in Geneva

Last Friday afternoon, PSCORE hosted its own side event “Unprotected and Exploited: North Korean Women and Children” at the 34th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the DPRK, Tomás Ojea Quintana, shared his insights on the current Human Rights situation in …

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Our report on the North Korean education system: Forced To Hate: North Korea’s Education System

We are happy to announce that we have released our report on the North Korean education system entitled: Forced To Hate: North Korea’s Education System We have been working on this report with our volunteers and staff for more than one year and are very proud to release it 🙂 While running our education program for …

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PSCORE present: PepperoParty

  November 11th will be Peppero Day in Korea, when PSCORE will host its first ever PepperoParty at Hongdae Salon Cha Cha. Guests can enjoy live performances of various artists, participate in the open mic and receive free Peppero. PSCORE is happy to announce that live music will be performed by the Pegurians (페규리안스), Billy Carter (빌리카터), and Wasted Johnny’s …

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Halloween Party!!!!!

Designed by Freepik     Come join us on Friday October 28th for our annual Halloween party   we will have: Caramel apples Pumpkin carving Trick or treat Costume contest and lots of fun   if you are interested please contact our office or email to   Happy Halloween See you there!!

Halloween Party 2015!

On Saturday, October 31st, from 18:00 till 20:00, PSCORE will be hosting a Halloween celebration for only the students and tutors. At the party we will do a variety of activities; such as, pumpkin carving, face painting, and having a haunted house! The party will take place at the Seoul Foreign School in Seodaemun-gu. There are only …

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PSCORE Rock Out Vol. 11

We held our 11th PSCORE Rock Out! Benefit Concert the past Saturday at THUNDERHORSE TAVERN! The past few concerts have all been in Hongdae, but this year we ventured out to the amazing expat neighborhood of Itaewon! The Line Up 9:15pm-10:00pm LudiSTELO 10:15pm -10:45pm Wasted Johnny’s 11:00pm-11:45pm Magna Fall   We want to thank you to these incredible …

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Speaker’s Event: The fate of a woman who repatriated 4 times | 탈북민 조금옥님의 이야기

On July 31, 2015 PSCORE hosted a Speaker’s Event with the honor of having Ms. Jo Geum-Ok give the audience a glimpse of her life as a North Korean defector who has been repatriated back to North Korea five tims. Through her tough journey, she had to endure near death torture, human trafficking, rape, and …

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North Korean Human Rights Acrostic Poetry Contest

In December 2014, PSCORE hosted the North Korean Human Rights Acrostic Poetry Contest to raise awareness about the human rights situation in North Korea and express the desire for improvement and reunification. The candidates, both youngsters and adults, Koreans and internationals, were invited to contribute to the contest and try their odds with their very …

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Rock Out Vol. 10

  After a dreadful seven weeks of waiting and longing excitement, Friday 12 December marked the date when it was finally time to rock out again. The spotlights and amplifiers stayed on for almost seven hours this time, as organizers and guests could celebrate a little anniversary. For the 10th time, some of Korea’s most …

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‘Journey to Freedom’ Awareness Event

On Friday the 21st of November, PSCORE hosted ‘Journey to Freedom’, an event shining light on PSCORE’s activity in rescue missions to help struggling North Korean defectors and establish save passage to South Korea. On this evening, PSCORE’s founder and North Korea defector himself Young-Il Kim shared his experience on a successful recent rescue mission, which took …

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PSCORE invites you to its thank you event at the British Ambassador’s residence!

In December 2013, PSCORE conducted a rescue mission in China to save a young North Korean girl with severe frostbite. We are happy to announce she is doing well at Hanawon Resettlement Center and will arrive in Seoul within one week. To thank those who made her rescue mission possible, PSCORE will hold an event …

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PSCORE Rock Out Vol.6!

On the 14th last December, PSCORE and some of Seoul’s talented indie and rock bands took the stage in support of the North Korean defectors at Club Freebird. The line up included: 09:20pm – BEATNIKS 10:00pm – Total Assholes 10:40pm – Wasted Johnny’s 11:20pm – Magna Fall 12:00am – 환난 곰 (Angry Bear) 12:40am – …

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Kim Young-Il broadcasted on BBC News!!

While attending the UN Council for Human Rights in Geneva, Kim Young-il, executive director and founder of PSCORE has been interviewed by BBC News! You will find the short interview unveiling parts of our director’s life as a North Korean-born here: BBC Interview

New funding campaign: help North Korean defectors attain fulfillment in their lives

We recently launched a new funding campaign in order to keep our free, customized education program for North Korean defectors a continued success. While our work relies on the dedication of our volunteer tutors, costs for managing the program are inevitable. With just a small donation, you can help us improve the lives of North …

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PSCORE Rock Out Vol.7!

On the 1st of last month, we rocked out at Club Freebird in support of a worthy cause: PSCORE’s education program for North Korean defectors. That night, seven South Korean and foreign bands took to the stage and brought us five hours of great indie and rock music for a memorable evening! All the profits …

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‘Music for Freedom: Hoping for a Better North Korea’ CD release

Last October we released a CD ‘Music for Freedom: Hoping for a Better North Korea’ in collaboration with some of our favorite bands! The CD features music from the Wasted Johnny’s (웨이스티드쟈니스), Total Assholes, Samba Mamba, Love X Stereo and Cael Anton Music. It has been distributed in New York during our awareness campaigns and …

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PSCORE participates to Jayu’s North Korean Human Rights Film Festival

Kim Young-Il at the Winter Butterfly Q&A session Last October, PSCORE was very pleased to participate to Jayu’s North Korean Human Rights Film Festival, a three day event taking place in Toronto. PSCORE was proud to co-present three of the films featured at the festival: Winter Butterfly, Juche Strong and Seoul Train. In addition, Kim …

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PSCORE Rock Out Vol.4: Incredible bands, incredible crowd & incredible cause

Last Saturday, it is safe to say that the latest edition of PSCORE’s ‘Rock Out’ charity concerts was the only place to be. Club Freebird was buzzing from the get go, with a vocal crowd loving every minute of the energetic performances given by Seoul’s most talented indie and rock bands. The night began with …

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Announcement for Music Bands Wishing to Perform at United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY

Announcement for Music Bands Wishing to Perform at United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York City, NY, USA Time: Late Sept.  ~ Early Oct., 2013 (One week) ? Can be changed by UN schedule Selection: 1 band (maximum 5 people) Information Round-trip airfare to/from New York City and living expenses (for …

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Successful Seminar Co-hosted by PSCORE During ‘North Korea Freedom Week’

This Tuesday, 30th April, PSCORE co-organized and co-hosted:   ‘Analysis of North Korean Defector’s Demands on Education Programs and Policy Suggestions: The Era of 3,000 North Korean Defector Students’   This international workshop took place at the South Korean National Assembly and was in conjunction with ‘North Korea Freedom Week.’   The event, co-organized by …

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PSCORE invites you to National Assembly seminar during NK Freedom Week

Dear members,   PSCORE would like to formally invite you join us at to our seminar, “Integration Policies and Unification Policies ? the Role of North Korean Defectors and the Lessons from Europe” which is to take place tomorrow (April 30th) at National Assembly.   We will be presenting and discussing an array of issues …

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Rockin for a good cause: PSCORE six-band charity concert at Club Freebird

Rockin for a good cause: PSCORE will be hosting a charity concert in club Freebird in Seoul on December 15th! Come and join us and do something good while having fun! Spread the word, share our event and invite your friends to make this a full success! https://www.facebook.com/events/445114878857430/ PSCORE invites you to Club Freebird in …

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Many Thank You’s for Your Donations Towards the PSCORE English Textbook

The 90 day donation period for donations towards the PSCORE English textbooks has now closed. PSCORE would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all those who donated:   Linda Dye Charlotte Bell Andrew Geier Linh Do Samuel Francisco Nicklas Mortensen Veli-Matti Andersson Susan Fisher Linnea Crafoord Olov Norlander Hanna Jakobson Monika Narbutait Georgia …

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Accepting Volunteer for Geneva North Korean Human Rights Campaign

Accepting Volunteer for Geneva North Korean Human Rights Campaign   In order to raise awareness of human rights violations in North Korea as well as the gravity of abuses and the need for international support, PSCORE will be launching “Geneva North Korea Human Rights Campaign” in Geneva, Switzerland.   Campaign Information Date: 9/10/2012 ~ 9/16/2012 …

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International workshop at the North Korean human rights week, 2012

We are holding a workshop on the topic “European-Korean Human Rights Dialogue: The experience of promoting human rights in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and beyond”   Venue: NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, 8th Floor Date: 25th April, 2012 Time: 1 pm. to 6 pm.   ■ First Session Video screening  → Successful story …

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2011 Holiday party!! – December 17th at TOOL cafe (Hongdae)

  Date : Saturday, December 17, 2011 Time : 12 – 3 pm. Place : TOOL Cafe (Hongdae) Price : 15,000 Won (Includes 1 free drink and 3 free holiday gifts)   Email to ‘’ to purchase the tickets!!!

Anniversary of Educational Program for North Korean Defectors

On Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 PSCORE celebrated two years of it’s Wednesday evening Educational Program for North Korean Defectors at an event held at Seoul’s Seodaemun Police Station. The event was attended by the Chief of Police Sung-Che Jeong, Min Jung Kang – Senior Program Officer UC (University of California) EAP Korea , volunteer teachers, …

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Internship Opportunity

We are seeking interns in any major and preferably a bilingual in English/Korean. However, commitment and dedication to human rights is most important! Please email us at if you are interested. We prefer someone that can commit 3 to 6 months anytime between August to December 2010.   Contact Information:

Group Assignments – Global English Camp

2010 Global English Camp   ABOUT PSCORE PSCORE is a non-profit, non-religious, non-partisan NGO working for the reunification of the Korean peninsula. PSCORE is comprised of North Korean defectors, young South Koreas, and foreigners who share a common interest and passion for the reunification of the Korean peninsula and North Korean human rights issues. PSCORE …

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2010 Global English Camp ; June 25 (Friday) – 27 (Sunday)

Global English Camp Teacher Application 2010 Camp Dates: June 25 (Friday) – 27 (Sunday) Name: Date of Birth: Home Phone: Email: Cell Phone: Occupation: Address:   University & Major:   Nationality: Gender: Male (      ) Female (      ) Are you familiar with PSCORE’s mission and the situation in North Korea?  YES / NO Do you …

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4/30 Conference: A Discussion of Future Government and NGO Use

The North Korean Human Rights Bill: A Discussion of Future Government and NGO Use DATE:   April 30, 2010;   1 pm – 5:30 pm.                                      VENUE:  Press Center Building, Floor 19;     Seoul, Republic of Korea Host: PSCORE presents one of many events in North Korea Freedom Week.  A campaign to raise awareness of North Korean human rights …

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PSCORE KOREA Event: FREE Photo Exhibition and Dinner!!

Hello PSCORE friends! PSCORE invites you to join us in viewing world famous photographer Steve McCurry’s exhibition, Unguarded Moment. Dinner at a restaurant in Gwanghwamun will follow! DATE/TIME: April 13 at 5:00 p.m. LOCATION: Sejong Center for Performing Arts. Line 5 at the Gwanghwamun stop. Admission and Dinner are FREE!! We hope to see you …

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[PSCORE DC Event] North Koreans’ Life Inside and Outside of North Korea

North Koreans’ Life inside and outside North Korea People for Successful Corean Reunification Date: March 27, Saturday, 2010 Venue: TBD This event aims to offer comprehensive information to North Korean watchers and human rights activists in the DC area on the lives of ordinary North Koreans inside North Korea, as well as the lives of …

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BREAKING NEWS: N.Korea Human Rights Bill Clears National Assembly Hurdle

The National Assembly’s Unification, Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee passed a bill Thursday authorizing the creation of a body to monitor North Korea’s human rights situation and support activists in the South. The bill also guarantees funding for NGOs working to improve the human rights situation in the North and mandates a human rights advisory …

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“Democracy and North Korea” Essay Contest Winners Announced

In August 2009, PSCORE hosted an essay contest that encouraged university students to write about “Democracy and North Korea.” A wide variety of responses were received . Students expounded on North Korean politics, education, philosophy, literature, arts, and culture.  While all submissions were impressive, the winning essays focused on issues surround North Korean human rights. …

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YouTube Video Contest Winners Announced!

In December 2009, PSCORE sponsored the YouTube Video Contest: a competition which encouraged South Korean university students to submit short videos about human rights abuses in North Korea and the need for democritization in the Korean peninsula.  By wisely utilizing the internet, and particularly interactive-media sites such as YouTube, PSCORE hoped to educate internet users about the …

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PSCORE Education Scholarships now available!

N.Korean students a part of our PSCORE 1-on-1 English tutoring program are eligible for education scholarships! The scholarships can be used for anything related to education (ie. university tuition, books, English hagwon fees, etc). Criteria for selecting students for scholarships: – Level of improvement – Effort by student – Enthusiasm to learn – Test results (test provided by …

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April 25: Cultural SHINDIG at Namsangol Hanok Village!

To: PSCORE volunteers, tutors, translators and North Korean friends Event: Namsangol Hanok Village http://www.hanokmaeul.org/ Date: April 25, Saturday Time: 11:30am Location: Chungmuro Station, Exit 3, Subway No. 3 & 4 (We MEET here) Lunch and admission is FREE! Please feel free to bring your friends & family. Some of the things to see and do: …

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Statement of Condemnation of the Long-Range Rocket Launch

Statement of condemnation of the long-range rocket launch, disregarding the welfare of 23 million North Korean residents   North Korea defied international and South Korean warnings and fired a long-range rocket at 11:30 AM on the 5th of April 2009. In light of this reckless act by the North Korean government, we, former North Korean …

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