History of PSCORE

Ever since its establishment in 2006, PSCORE has always strived to make awarness about North Korean’s defectors. Check out the highlights of our work.

2019


February
50 Years of Korean Airlines Abductees to North Korea – Conference for the Return of Journalist Hwang Won and other Abductees
March
Held an Event at the 40th UN Human Rights Council and European Union Parliaments in Response to the 3rd UN UPR
April
Speech Event: Guest Speaker from Loxford
May
Lecture and Discussion Event on Korean Reunification and North Korean Human Rights at Daejin Women’s High School
June
Seminar on Sexual Violence and Improving Women’s Rights in North Korea
June
Held a Session at RightsCon 2019 on North Korean Human Rights
July
Talk Concert on Korean Reunification and North Korean Human Rights with Korea University Summer School Students
July
Korean Reunification and North Korean Human Rights Workshop at Daejin Women’s High School
July
Street Campaign on Korean Reunification and North Korean Human Rights

2019

2018


January
Published a report about North Korean child labor, “Unending Toil: Child Labor within North Korea”
March

Participated in the United Nations Human Rights Council to hold North Korean Human Right campaigns
April
Held a lecture event on North Korean Human Rights in University of Amsterdam, Rotterdam School of Management
May
Hosted a movie screening (The Avengers) for defected North Korean children
June – July
Co-hosted a lecture on “Human Rights in North Korea” and “Peace in Korean Peninsula” with the GSIS Student Union of the Korea University
August
Street Campaign on Korean Reunification and North Korean Human Rights with Yonsei University (Sinchon)
September
Street Campaign on Korean Reunification and North Korean Human Rights (Itaewon)
October
Global Youth Seminar on Peaceful Reunification
October
DMZ Peace Campaign
October
70th Anniversary Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Event at the 73rd Session of the U.N. General Assembly on North Korean Human Rights
October
Unification Education at the Korean Catholic Church in Philadelphia, USA
December
70th Anniversary Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Resolution Conference on the Improvement of Human Rights in North Korea

2018

2017


March
Participated in the UN Human Rights Committee to hold North Korean Human Right campaigns
March
Hosted North Korean Human Rights lecture in London, King’s College
May – November
Held street campaigns about North Korean human rights in subway stations, Migrant World Film Festival and Gwanghwamun Square
July
Hosted a cultural activity such as movie screening and summer camps for the defected North Korean children
July
Held a lecture for foreigners on North Korean human rights in Seoul Citizen Center and Korea University
August
Published “Age of Kim Jong Un: North Korea’s Recent Security Threat”
October
Hosted a lecture event with visiting professors from Australia and New Zealand

2017

2016


March 7-10
Lecture at Dolphin School, Royal Holloway, King’s College and Brunel University in UK
March 11-20
Participated in the UN Human Rights Council and held North Korean Human Rights campaigns
March 21-25
Lecture at University of Groningen (Netherlands), IGFM (Germany) and University of Le Havre (France)
May – Nov
Held street campaigns about North Korean human rights issues in main areas and subway stations around Seoul.

2016

2015


March 11-25
Participated in the UN Human Rights Council
March 11-25
Lecture at Eton, Radly and Bedales College in UK
May – November
Held street campaigns to raise awareness and create dialogue on North Korean human rights (Sangmyung University, Hanyang University, Seoul Tech, Dongkuk University, Konkuk University, Yongsan Station, National Assembly Station, Yoeuido Station, etc)
July 31
Gave a speech on North Korean human rights with a North Korean defector & international students in Itaewon
August 22
Held charity concert ‘Rock Out Concert’ to raise funds to support North Korean refugee students
September 30
Hosted a lecture event with visiting school teachers from Australia and New Zealand
October 2-5
Conducted campaigns on North Korean human rights issues at Busan Film Festival
October 18
Founder Young-il Kim gave a speech at TEDxAPU Japan event
November
Published international human rights report ‘Transnational Abuse & Exploitation’
December
Published collections of North Korean defectors’ testimonies in PSCORE’s newest book, ‘The Faceless Ones’

2015

2014


January 21
Lecture at Dulwich College in London, UK
March 13-20
Participated in the UN Human Rights Council and held North Korean Human Rights campaigns
March 20-27
Held ‘London North Korean Human Rights Lecture Tour’ at different universities in London, UK such as Oxford University, Eton, and Radley Colleges
May 28
Relocated our office to Gangseo-gu, Seoul
August 01
Organized a support event to rescue North Koreans refugees with the British Ambassador
October 03
Ran a North Korean Human Rights Street Campaign at the Busan Film Festival
November 21
Held a screening of ‘Journey to Freedom’, an awareness event about PSCORE’s rescue missions in China
December 12
Organized a North Korean Human Rights Poetry Contest
Throughout the year
Held five charity ‘Rock Out Concert’ to raise funds to support North Korean refugee students

2014

2013


March 02
Held a concluding symposium for the ‘North Korea Youth Education Mentoring Program’
March 06
Published the 2013 edition of North Korean Human Rights casebook “Only the Freedom to Breathe”
March 07-13
Participated in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
April 30
Held a seminar about ‘Demand Analysis and Policy Suggestion for North Korean Students Customized Education Support’
September 01
Produced a North Korean Human Rights album called ‘Music for Freedom’
September 16
Submitted the North Korean Human Rights report to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
September 22
Hosted the benefit performance by Foreign Language High School Orchestra Union for PSCORE
October 03-06
Held a North Korean Human Rights campaign as well as a cultural activity night for North Korean students at Busan Film Festival
October 10
Published the North Korean Human Rights report
October 28 – November 06
Attended UN meetings in New York and gave a lecture at Columbia University
Every Month
Organized street campaigns every month at subway stations, airport, train stations, and main streets in Seoul

2013

2012


January 25-31
Participated in the Myanmar human rights activists program held by the United States National Democratic Institute (NDI)
March
Held campaigns against the broadcast limitation of North Korea
April 17-30
Hosted lecture events about reunification
April 25
Participated in North Korea Freedom Week International Workshop; discussing the issue of North Korean human rights with the United Nations and the international community
August
Launched ‘North Korea Youth Education Mentoring Program’
August 09 – October 13
Held the 4th Annual Essay Contest, “Let’s Talk About Unification,” and Awards Ceremony
September 10-14
Participated in the Geneva UN Commission on Human Rights’ International Campaign
October 04-06
Launched a North Korean Human Rights Campaign for the Busan Film Festival
November 03-04
Global English Camp for North Korean defectors to learn conversation in English
December 15
Rock Culture Festival Charity Concert

2012

2011


April 12
Held a speech event with Australian and New Zealand teachers from the Asia Education Foundation
April 27
Hosted “A Desirable Direction for North Korean Human Rights Law” Seminar
June 04
Registered as an official NGO affiliated with the Ministry of Unification (Ministry of Unification Room 109)

2011

2010


January 19
Participated in Round Table Discussion on North Korean Rights Issues (co-host: ELTF Australia)
January 29-30
Held a PSCORE Leadership Training Session
February 26
Recognized by the Ministry of Unification as a non-profit organization (Ministry of Unification, #259)
April 21
Directed a program providing education about unification to students at Ganggyong High School
April 22
Hosted Information Session for opportunity of scholarships to study abroad in Germany
April 30
Hosted North Korea Freedom Week Seminar
May 20
Hosted ‘North/South Korean Student Forum on Reunification’
May 24
Had an opening speech in the press conference of the sinking of South Korean warship ‘Cheonan’
June 25-27
Organized the Global English Camp
August 16
Hosted the 3rd Annual Essay Contest “Let’s Talk About Reunification”
September 06 – November 21
Held the annual PSCORE Youtube Video Contest about Democracy and Human Rights in North Korea
December 10
Held “What Made Them Change? – Korean Wave in North Korea” Seminar

2010

2009


January 14
Participated in Round table discussion on North Korean issues (co-host: ELTF Australia)
February 20-21
Held a PSCORE Leadership Training Session
March 24
Held the 0.001 Campaign
April 20
Hosted ‘Regime Change in North Korea and Human Rights Issues’ Seminar (co-host: Legislative Forum on Human Rights)
April 20 – August 20
Held the Annual Essay Contest, “Let’s Talk About Unification,” and Poem Contest
April 30
Held ‘Crossing Over’ Seminar (co-host: George Town University)
June 26-28
Hosted Global English Camp (co-host: Hanns Seidel Foundation)
August 19
Hosted a ceremony to celebrate the joint pledge of PSCORE and the Seodaemun Police Department to support education for North Korean defectors
October 19 – December 20
Held the first Annual PSCORE Youtube Video Contest about Democracy and Human Rights in North Korea
November 27
Hosted International Student Conference on North Korean Human Rights (co-hosts: Legislative Forum on Human Rights, Hanns Seidel Foundation, Korean Leaders Academy)

2009

2008


March 29
Participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) as a Delegate
April 26
Participated in the U.S. ‘North Korea Freedom Week’
July 31
Held the first Annual Essay Contest, “Let’s Talk About Unification,” and Award Ceremony
July 31
Chosen by the U.S. State Department as a Human Rights Democracy Fun beneficiary
December 14
Participated in training program ‘Political Education of a United Germany’

2008

2007


February 08
Participated in ‘Protection of North Korean Immigrants and Reform of Laws Regarding Their Settlement in South Korea’ Seminar
April 10
Co-hosted Founding Ceremony for the Committee for the Democratization of North Korea
May 24
Co-hosted Press conference for College Students Walk for North Korean Rights
May 25
Co-hosted Yeollin Uri Party and Grand National Party Round-Table Discussion on North Korean Human Rights
May 26
Co-hosted College Students’ Walk for North Korean Human Rights
June 08
Hosted PSCORE Seminar at the University of Seoul
July 01
Started education program for young North Korean defectors
August 23
Co-hosted Future History Camp
October 25
Co-hosted Unification Culture Expo

2007

2006

July 09
Discussed and officially established PSCORE
October 05
Launched the PSCORE website
November 10
Held first PSCORE Seminar
December 20
Co-hosted Memorial Workshop for the International Students Conference on North Korean Human Rights

2006