19.07.2016 North Korean Speaker: "The Faceless Ones"

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We are glad to announce that our speech event held at Korea University last Tuesday was extremely popular, overcrowding the hall with people!

The audience got to hear a hurtful story of a North Korean defector, who could not stop the tears from falling when describing the situation in the North. It was truly heartbreaking and a moving realization of what it is like to live in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. 

We appreciate the strength of Ms. Shin to stand up and talk about her experiences and her will to share the painful memories. As she said it herself, “We have to speak out, so people can understand what the situation is really like in North Korea”. 
We also want to thank to the Korea University staff as well as professors Jan & Eric Youngstrom for the help in the making of this event. We could not have done it without your help! Also, a big THANK YOU to all the people who came to hear the story and for your heart-full donations!

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday at our Rock Out Event! 

Photographer: Yoon Jin Lee



PSCORE is hosting a charity concert for North Korean defectors

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Four local bands will come together for "Rock Out Vol. 12" to raise funds for North Korean defectors at Freebird Sonic Live in the Hongdae area of western Seoul, Saturday (30.07.2016)

Beginning at 8 p.m., the event will feature Sons of Tiger, Wasted Johnny's, A'Z bus and Rock ‘n' Roll Radio.

This charity concert was organized by the North Korean human rights NGO Korea PSCORE (People for Successful COrean REunification). The proceeds will be used to finance educational activities and social programs for North Korean defectors in South Korea.

"Bringing local bands and the community together during a night of killer music for the sake of a meaningful cause," the event organizer says. "Proceeds will go towards PSCORE's English language tutoring program for North Korean defectors."

Kim Young-il, a former North Korean soldier who managed to escape the country with his family, founded PSCORE in 2006. PSCORE is a nonreligious and nonpartisan NGO based in Seoul.

"Along with a group of South Koreans and foreigners, Kim Young-Il brought PSCORE to life in order to advocate for the rights of the North Korean people and to provide North Koreans with a platform to discuss democracy and human rights," the organizer says.

PSCORE works towards this mission through a series of programs such as a mentoring program and a human rights and democracy program.

"We also provide emergency aid to North Korean refugees in China. All of our programs are designed to garner support for the reunification of North and South Korea. PSCORE helps North Korean defectors become self-sufficient because we believe that they can actively contribute to the reunification process," the group says on its homepage.

Since its founding, PSCORE has been an active and outspoken advocate for the protection of human rights in North Korea.

PSCORE is the only NGO focusing exclusively on North Korean human rights that has attained U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) special consultative status.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for 10,000 won.

Visit facebook.com/PscoreKorea or pscore.org for more information about PSCORE and its activities.

Freebird is a four-minute walk from exit 1 of Sangsu Station on Line 6


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Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/07/177_210395.html



North Korea's Faceless Defectors

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Image Credit: US Army Photo by Edward N. Johnson


North Korea's Faceless Defectors


In 2013, after watching her son and more than 15 other children die at her nursery due to starvation and lack of proper medical attention, Jung-Suk Shin*, a former nursery teacher, crossed over the North Korean-Chinese border, marking the beginning of a long, arduous journey. In China, she risked repatriation by Chinese authorities—so after going through Chengdu and Kunming, she had to escape to Laos and ultimately make her way to a police station in Thailand, where she was escorted to the South Korean embassy. After spending 40 days at a refugee camp, she boarded a flight to Incheon International Airport, bringing an end to her physical escape from North Korea.


Escaping North Korea results in a perilous journey for many. If defectors are caught by authorities in China, they face repatriation and years of imprisonment, torture, forced labor, and possible death in North Korea. However, for many, these risks are outweighed by the bleak prospects they face if they remain in the North, where they are forced to “unconditionally accept … and decide everything upon Great Leader Comrade Kim Il-sung’s instructions, and through every action, think only of the greatness of our Leader,” as enshrined in The Workers’ Party’s Ten Principles of the Establishment of a Unitary Ideology System. Generations of families are forced into prison camps if a single family member commits a misdeed against the state, even if there is no tangible evidence of a crime ever having been committed.


Despite widespread famine and ideological manipulation, many North Koreans prolong or forgo defection out of fear of the safety of their family members. Yeong-Geon Kim*, a former diplomat and worker at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in North Korea, had several opportunities to seek asylum—unlike most North Koreans, he traveled abroad frequently due to his status as a diplomat. “The reason I continued 20 years of diplomatic life even after realizing the truth of North Korea was my family,” he told PSCORE in an interview. “[...]A diplomat can’t take their entire family—some of them must be left in North Korea—in essence, as hostages. If we attempted defection and failed, everyone would either die or would have to spend the rest of their lives in political prison camps.”


Many hoped that Kim Jong-un’s rule would mark the beginning of positive changes in North Korean politics and society, for Kim received his education at a boarding school in Switzerland, where he was known to be an avid fan of basketball and was exposed to Western culture. Yet Kim’s rule thus far has been marked by a series of actions that show his determination to solidify his power and maintain his family’s regime. There is little sign that conditions are improving in North Korea, despite continued sanctions from the international community.Defectors in South Korea, while physically free from the Kim regime, are still bound to the North Korean state. They adopt fake names and hide their North Korean accents so that their true identities remain hidden and undetected by the North Korean government, which goes through great lengths to punish and capture defectors and their families. Although many defectors were willing to share their stories with PSCORE to give greater insight into the human rights abuses in North Korea, they all had a common request: “Please ensure that my face is not shown.” Defection to South Korea has given them the ability to see the truth and question the world, but they remain faceless, because they must protect their family and friends who remain in North Korea.


It has been over 60 years since Korea was separated into two nations, and both nations have undergone distinct changes. South Korea, despite recurring threats from the North, is a thriving nation. Since the Korean War, it has undergone “the Miracle on the Han River,” a period of rapid economic growth, transforming it from a country that once was poorer than North Korea to a nation that is now a member of the G20. Yet a nation’s success is not defined solely by its economic status. While South Koreans have achieved explosive economic growth, millions of people in the North—former brothers, people they shared the same history with for thousands of years—are voiceless, blinded, and faceless. Considering this, has South Korea truly succeeded?


While Jung-Suk Shin adopted a different name in South Korea, unlike many other defectors, she does not hide her North Korean accent. Instead, she speaks with confidence: “I do not hide my accent, because I proud that I am from North Korea … I want to raise awareness of the human rights abuses that people there face.” And so, the rest of the world must listen to Shin’s voice and also raise awareness of those who remain voiceless and blind.


*Names have been changed to protect identities. 


Angela Kim is a student in Princeton, NJ and an intern at PSCORE (People for Successful Korean Reunification).


Source: http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/north-koreas-faceless-defectors/



Halloween Party 2015!

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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, making caramel apples, watch a movie, and having a haunted house! The party will take place at the

Seoul Foreign School in Seodaemun-gu. There are only a limited amount of spots, so first come first serve!

(Admittees can't bring a +1 that's not on the party-list) and... there is no entrance fee!


If you would like to participate, or if you have any other questions, please send an email to

[email protected] (Please include your name, age, and phone number in the e-mail)




PSCORE Rock Out Vol. 11

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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 bands for perfoming such an awesome show!


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 desperation that drew her near suicide.


Ms. Geum Ok Jo with MC and translator


What was most touching about this event was the amount of foreign attendance. The outcome was truly a testament of how the international community is being exposed more and more to the North Korean human rights issues and are sympathizing with the victims. 


Two foreigners giving Ms. Geum Ok Jo ocmfort after the event




PSCORE would like to thank every one, especially other North Korea defectors, who came out to support this strong woman as she retells her tragic tale and all the donations that were given. In total we fundraised over 30% of expected amount through attendance, donations and merchandise!



Audience who did not have chairs to sit, sat on the floor to listen to the speaker.



Once again, PSCORE thanks all the guests for their support and attendance, making this one of PSCORE's most successful speaker's event this year!






North Korean Human Rights Acrostic Poetry Contest

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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 own piece of poetry, which, characteristic for acrostic poems, did not need to rhyme but rather follow a 4-line format starting each line with the respective letters D,P,R and K.

PSCORE would like to take this opportunity to thank all contestants for their creative contributions and to everyone who attended for turning this event into such a great success. We wholeheartedly congratulate the winners 이혜림 and 김정희 and hope to see all of you out there again next time!

Please find the list of all candidates and contributions below!

1. Youth

1) 1st winner - 이혜림

N : Now, Korea is the last country that is divided in the world.

K : Korea must reunify.

H : Have you ever thought about human rights of North Koreans?

R : Right now, if you can consider that seriously then your attention will be helpful to the reunification of South and North Korea.

2) 2nd winners


: North Koreans are living in country of poverty. 

: Kim Jung En is taking the money for 'weapons' . We can 

: help North Korea by collect ing money. We can 

: return their human rights by your money.


 : 통장에 차곡차곡 돈을 모았습니다.

 : 일년 삼백육십오일, 꼬박꼬박 돈을 모았습니다.

 : 대중매체 속 북쪽의 사람들은 오늘도 굶어죽어가고 있다고 합니다.

 : 박주개(소꿉장난의 방언)를 함께하던 나의 동생에게 이 통장만이라도 전해주면 안되겠습니까?


 통일은 꿈에 그리던 희망 에너지   

 일류 번영을 위한 평화의 메시지       

 대한민국 이산가족의 행복에너지  

 박진감 넘치는 미래성장 에너지 

3) 3rd winners


통 : 통할 수 없는 휴전선이 우리를 막는다할지라도 

일 : 일백만 국민의 염원 속에 통일은 한민족의 가슴을 울릴 것이다. 

대 : 대한민국이 통일의 함성을 외쳐 부르는 그 순간 

박 : 박차고 오를 그 서러움의 감정, 그 기나긴 세월의 이별의 한이 얼음 녹듯 녹아내릴 것이다.


N Nobody can mistreat any human.

K Korean in north suffer deprivation of human right and wail loudly.

H However their government ignore their voice.

R Rude about dealing with them must be stopped and their right have to be right.


통 : 통하는 한반도 , 이젠 그 어느 장애물도 가로막지 않는, 우리 한민족이 소망하는 그날, 그날이 오면

일 : 일부러 참을래야 참을 수 없는 상봉자들의 붉어진 눈시울, 그리고 한반도를 적시는 그들의 눈물.. 

대 : 대등한 세력을 지니고 다투었던 남과 북이었지만 알고 있는가? 우리 모두가 한 겨레였다는 사실을, 같은 민족의 뿌리로부터 뻗은 가지라는 사실을?

박 : 박격포와 총구를 서로에게 겨누며 전쟁을 선포하는 것보다도 위대한 것이 무엇인지 아는가? 

서로에 대한 관심과 이해가 모여 한민족으로 다시 결합하는 것, 바로 통일을 이룩하는 것이다.


N : North Koreans or South Koreans, (북한사람이든,남한사람이든)

K : Korean is Korean.(한국인은 한국인이다.)

H : However desirable in itself, (그 자체로도 좋지만,)

R : Recognize the human rights of each other. (서로의 인권을 인식해야 한다.)


 : 통했으면 하는 마음,

 : 일치했으면 하는 마음,

 : 대한민국과 북한이 하나되었으면 하는 마음이 이루어지길 바랍니다.

 : 박장대소하며 함께 마주보며 웃을 그날을 기다립니다


 북쪽과 남쪽이 싸운지 어언 64년이 지났습니다.

 한 남자를 전쟁터로 보낸 여자는 치매걸린 할머니가 되어 그를 기다립니다.

 인적이 드물던 그녀의 집으로 편지가 한 통 왔습니다. 그를 만날 수 있다는... 하지만

 권력자들의 협상이 결렬되었고 판문점에는 그녀의 버려진 도시락통만 남겨져있습니다.


 통했다, 남한과 북한이 드디어 통일되었다

 일년, 이년, 삼년, 오십년, 육십년… 수없이 많은 세월을 기다리다가

 대한민국이 정말 진정한 대한민국이, 다시 만들어졌다

 박수치며 함성을 지르는 그날은, 바로 대한민국이 통일된 날이다


: No more pain there will be, the day

: kite freely flies through the two nation.

: Hours and years have been passing by, waiting until the

: rainbow brightens one peaceful country.


통 : 통과하고싶습니다 검문없이, 지나가고 싶습니다 3.8선을

일 : 일일히 확인하고 조사하지않고 거리낌없이 남북을 자유롭게 지나가고 싶습니다.

대 : 대신해서도 갈수없는 저땅, 우리땅이 다시 하나가되는 날이 언제쯤 올수있을까요?

박 : 박수치며 서로를 응원했던 올림픽의 날처럼, 통일의 박수소리도 들릴날이 올겁니다. 


 : 북한에서의 인권이라는 것은 과연 존중 받고 있는가?

 : 한 사람 한 사람 고통 받고 있는 것은 아닌가?

 : 인권이라는 가장 기본적인 권리를 주장하지 못하고 있는 북한 사람들에게

 : 권리를 되찾아 주기 위해 우리들은 통일로 나아가야 한다!

2. Adults

1) 1st winner - 김정희

 : 한의 최고 지도층이여!

 : 번이라도 귀기울여 들으세요

 : 권은 높여주고

 : 리는 존중 해 주오.

2) 2nd winners


 : 북쪽하늘 구름따라 철마다 찾아오니 반갑구나 

 : 한가득  반가운 소식 담고 오가는 철새야

 : 인간이 인간답게 살아가야 하는 너무나 당연한

 : 권리가 멀리 저 북녘의 형제 누이에게도 가득하길 따스한 봄바람처럼 전해주렴


N: Never give up!

K: Keep thinking over and over about

H: How we can reunify as one Korea.

R: Reunification is our long-cherished desire.


 통일의길 멀고험한 남북천리 민족의길

 일출광명 기다리는 소망담긴 염원의길

대 : 대한의 핏줄속에 배달의씨 움터나니

 박혀있는 철조망위로 무궁화꽃 만발하네.

3) 3rd winners


 : 북단 저 높이 솟은 백두산의 정상에서 부터

 : 한반도 최남단 마라도 섬 끝까지 흘러라 흘러라!

 : 인간만사가 북에서 남까지 고루 섞여

 : 권위,계급 따위 모두 잊고 기쁨의 만세! 모두 같이 불러라!


 북풍이 불어오니 그 냉기가 이루 말할수 없이 차다

 한이 실린 까닭이요, 이는 곧 그네들의 고통에서 오는 것이리라

 인고의 세월을 '그 날'만을 고대하며 버틸것을 생각하니   

 권권불망하여 잠을 청할 수가 없도다

※권불권망:가엾게 여겨 잊지 않고 늘 돌보며 생각함


 : 북에 사는 큰 아버지 뵐 수는 있을까

 : 한 핏줄로 태어났는데 단 한 번만이라도 보고 싶은 심정

 : 인간으로 태어나 가족 한번 보는 것이 꿈인 것이 현실이라니

 : 권리없는 인간으로 태어나, 마지막이라도 권리를 찾고 싶습니다

Aron Pete

North of the DMZ,

Lies a place of infamy.

A place of great silence,

Surrounded by a vast fence.


Korean people live therein,

And to the South live their kin.

The clothes they wear are quite crude,

As they search the streets for food.


Human beings are what they are.

Regardless of their fear or scar.

To be reunified is what they wish;

To put an end to the skirmish.


Rights are what they most need,

And from their prison to be freed.

To be reunited as one family,

For the entire world to see.


북 : 북한, 남한. 익숙하게 들어온 두 나라지만 결국엔 한민족.

한 : 한반도 한 나라가 언제부터 따로 불리게 되었던 걸까.

인 : 인터넷이 아무리 발달해도 우리는 서로를 볼 수 없네.

권 : 권리, 같은 민족끼리 서로 볼 권리도 없는 이 나라는 하루 빨리 통일이 되어야 하네.


 북한에 있는, 지금도 굶주림에 떨고 있을 친구들을 위해 

 한반도에는 깨지지 않을 평화가 절실히 필요합니다 

 인간답게 웃을 수 있는 그날이 오기를 기다리고 기도하겠습니다. 

 권리를 당당히 주장할 수 있는 그날을 기다리며 응원하겠습니다.


 : 북한과의 통일을 가슴깊이 염원하지 않았습니다.

 : 한 민족이라지만 태어났을 때부터 이미 남처럼 살아 온 세월을 보냈기에... 하지만

 : 인간답게 하루라도 살고싶어 왔다는 탈북자분의 글을 우연히 보게 되었습니다. 제겐 당연했던 것들이 꿈이라 쓰여있는 것을 보니 그제서야 가슴이 한 곳이 너무나 아렸습니다. 이제는 제가 누리는

 : 권리를 그들도 똑같이 누리길 마음 속 깊이 원하기에 통일을 염원합니다. 


N North and south no more separated!    

K Korea has to be one country as usual.

H Happiness and peace is our dream.

R Remember! We are one! We must be together! 


통 : 통일이 되어 헤어진 내 가족 만나는 꿈 매일 밤 꿉니다. 

일 : 일기장에 오늘도 한글자 한글자 빼곡이 적어봅니다.

대 : 대견하다. 힘든 오늘도 잘 견뎌줘서. 그렇게 나는 나에게  

박 : 박수쳐 줍니다. 오늘 밤도 꿈에서 헤어진 내 어머니를 뵐 수 있었으면 좋겠습니다. 


 : 북한에서 왔습니다. 

 : 한번 사람답게 살아보려구요.

 : 인간이 인간으로 대우받는 곳을 찾아 왔습니다.

 : 권력이 백성을 수탈하지 않는 곳을 찾아서......



Rock Out Vol. 10

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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 talented Indie and Alternative Rock bands and artists came out and hit the stage to perform in a night of great tunes for the good cause, PSCORE's education progams for North Korean defectors.


As always, all revenues of the event contribute directly to our mentoring and educational programs as well as our social activities. 

The line up of this 10th Anniversary Rock Out edition was as follows:

08:00 door open/ show information 
08:20 the facterz
09:00 unchaind
09:40 harry big button
10:20 wasted johnnys
11:00 street guns
11:40 billy carter
12:20 dead buttons
01:00 yesyes
01:40 beatniks
02:20 LoveXstereo

PSCORE thanks all of you for coming out, the interns and volunteers, the performs and the crowd. Thanks for making this night both fun and successful.

















'Journey to Freedom' Awareness Event

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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 young North Korean defector Ji-Eun from China to South Korea to reunite with her family.

Ji-Eun was only 18 when she crossed the boarder from DPRK to China in winter 2013. After having lost her shoes, she got stuck on her escape with severe frostbite on her feet, in urgent need of medical attention with no more means to travel further. 

Generous funds by international donors allowed PSCORE to provide Ji-Eun with the medical support her condition required, before bringing her savely into South Korea. 

Today, more than a year after her rescue, Ji-Eun has fully recovered and enjoys her new healthy life in Seoul. 

PSCORE would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended "Journey for Freedom' and for all donations.

In order to be able to respond to individual emergency requests like in the case of Ji-Eun, PSCORE has set up the so-called 'Save Passage Fund'. Rescue missions are very costly, and thus PSCORE relies heavily on donations to this fund which allow us to offer continued support to North Korean refugees hiding in China in Ji-Eun's specific case. Individual missions tend to cost at least $10.000 USD; however in Ji-Eun's specific case US $20.000 were needed alone to cover for her medical treatment. 

PSCORE is greatful for any donation to our fund. If you want to learn more about the 'Save Passage Fund' or would even like to support our future rescue missions, please follow this link: http://www.gofundme.com/hdlx18



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Rock Out Vol. 9

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On 25 October, it was time again for some of Korea's best indie and alternative rock artists to hit the stage at the  9th edition of the PSCORE Rock Out Fundraising concert series. And this time in a spooky Halloween version!
For 4 hours, the artists hit their strings and drums and filled the premises of Club Freebird in Hongdae with great local indie and rock music - as always of course for a good cause, PSCORE's education program for North Korean defectors.  
All profits directly benefited our educational activities and social programs. 

The line up of Rock Out Vol. 9 looked like this: 

10:40-11:10 Man
11:15-11:50 Table People
11:55-12:30 Yes Yes
12:35-01:10 Wasted Johnny's
01:15-01:50 Magna Fall
01:55-02:30 Dregas

We would like to thank everyone who was part of this memorable night, the interns and volunteers, the artists and of course also the crowd that filled the dancefloor and turned the event into such a success. 













Street Campaign at Busan Film Festival

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On 3 October 2014, a few PSCORE representatives travelled down south to Busan to run a street campaign along the beach at the Busan Film Festival. We set up a long line of information boards explaining and illustrating the Human Rights violations and terrible conditions people in North Korea have to cope with every day.

Even though the weather was pretty rough and we needed loads of tape to battle the wind and keep our boards fixed, the event turned out to be a great success! Loads of people came to stop by and spend time carefully reading through the boards and asking us questions about North Korea, human rights and our organization. 

We were happy to see so much interest and are greatful for the generous donations people left for our cause. 

If you'd like a more detailed description of the event, why don't you have a look at the report by one of our former interns:


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Super~bly Easy Quatrain Contest

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Time to let your creativity shine through poems about improvement of North Korean human rights and hopes for unification!

The very two people who come up with a yearning heart for the two issues will receive an iPad mini2.

Application accepted until 12/10/2014.

Results released on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Super~bly Easy Quatrain Contest



In hopes to raise awareness about North Korean human rights as well as the importance of unification of the peninsula, we are hosting this content. So please support us with your participation! ^^

Who can participate?

- 1-12th grade students as well as all adults (Koreans, non-Koreans welcomed)

Words (No rhymes, particular forms required-Just complete sentences based on the given starting letters!)



-NKHR (North Korean Human Rights)

*Pick one of your choice.





 - 1st place (1person) : iPad mini2

 - 1st place (1person) : iPad mini2

 - 2nd (3) : Gift Certificate(문화상품권) (50,000KRW), A set of English books (250,000KRW Value)

 - 2nd (3) : Gift Certificate(문화상품권) (50,000KRW), A set of English books (250,000KRW Value) 

 - 3rd (10) : Gift Certificate (20,000KRW)

 - 3rd (10) : Gift Certificate (20,000KRW)

 - participation awards (100) : Books related to North Korean Human Rights  

- participation awards (100) : Books related to North Korean Human Rights

* 1st, 2d, 3rd place winners will receive an award certificate as well as named as an honorary advocacy ambassador for PSCORE.

* Youth (~19 years old)

* 2nd place winners will also receive a set of Choose Your Own Adventure (provided by McGraw Hill). http://www.cyoa.com/collections/box-sets



- Application accepted until Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

- Results released on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (Award ceremony on Saturday, December 20, 2014)


To apply (select one of the methods below)


1. PSCORE Website (Website written in Korean for the contest)

- ‘성통만사 홈페이지>참여마당>공모전페이지 내에 작성

- ‘쓰기버튼을 누른 후, 카테고리 사행시설정 후 작성 (Only Korean menu. Sorry!)

Personal information must be entered correctly for future contacts from us.


2. Facebook

- Like our page https://www.facebook.com/PscoreKorea

- Like the post about the contest

- Message us your creative writings! (Required info: your name, phone number, birth year, address and your quatrain)



- Send it to [email protected] with your name, phone number, birth year, address and your quatrain!)



4. Kakao talk

- Search for our organization by typing in @성통만사 (don't forget to include the symbol @)

- Start a conversation with your name, phone number, birth year, address and your quatrain!)


Judging Criteria (What we look for)

- Your passion for improvement for human rights conditions in North Korea

- Your desire for unification

- Strong message about the importance of unifcation


Hosted by People for Successful COrean REunification (PSCORE) / Sponsored by McGraw Hill companies and The South-North Korea's Youth Interchange Federation

More Details

- You give consent to PSCORE to freely use your writings for advertisement purpose on the organization's website or through other means.

- Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. Any plagiarism will result in disqualification.

- Any unrelated writings to the topic will be deleted.

- All received applications will be judged by fair outside judges. If requirements are not met, changes in awards will take place. All award recipients must attend the award ceremony.


- (02-6497-5035, [email protected])

- Web: www.pscore.org




Rock Out concert vol.8

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On July 19th, PSCORE held the 8th charity concert of its Rock Out event series at Club Big Bird (Freebird 2). For 5 hours, 8 of the best local bands took the stage and provided us with great indie and rock music to support our cause and activities!

The line up was as follows:

07:40 - Bluesnake

08:20 - Man

09:00 - Magna Fall

09:40 - Space Papa

10:20 - Beatniks

11:00 - Love X Stereo

11:40 - Wasted Johnny's

12:20 - Angry Bear

The proceeds will go to funding of educational activities and social programs for North Korean defectors in South Korea. It will also go to activities which raise awareness of the ongoing human rights violations taking place in North Korea.

PSCORE would like to take the opportunity to thank each of the bands for taking part as well as our volunteers who made the event a memorable night! Also, of course, a huge thank you to the big crowd who came out and supported the event and our organization!

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 at the British Ambassador's residence on August 1 from 6:30 to 9 pm.

While tickets are limited, there is a possibility you may be able to attend. If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected] with your name, phone number, email address, and other contact information no later than 5 pm on Friday, July 18. There will be a minimum donation of 50,000 KRW per person for the event, which will be used to fund our next rescue mission. Dinner and drinks will be served.

“2014 북한 인권을 말하다”?
탈북자의 생생한 증언을 통하여 현재 북한인권의 실상에 대해 이야기하려 합니다.

일시: 8월 1일, 오후 6시 30분 ? 오후 9시
장소: 영국 대사관 대사관저

저희 (사)성통만사는 작년 겨울 중국에 있는 한 탈북소녀를 무사히 한국에 데려왔습니다. 그 소녀는 발에 심각한 동상이 걸려있었으며 자칫하면 발의 많은 부분을 절단했을 수도 있습니다. 그러나 지금 그 소녀는 다행히도 (사)성통만사의 도움으로 무사히 탈북에 성공하였습니다.

소녀의 구출 현장에 있었던 과정과 상황을 전해드리려 8월1일, 영국 대사관저에서 소녀와 함께 이야기하는 행사를 진행하고자 합니다. 식사와 음료는 제공됩니다.

저희 행사에 참여하셔서 자리를 빛내 주시기 바랍니다.

*행사에 참석이 가능하시다면 [email protected]로 성함, 연락처, 소속 및 직위를 보내주십시오. 참여자 확정은 선착순으로 진행됩니다.

*5만원의 참석비가 있음을 알려드립니다. 본 행사의 참석비는 전액 (사)성통만사의 다음 구출 사업을 위해 사용될 것입니다. 행사 참석비는 아래의 계좌번호로 보내주시길 바랍니다.

(사) 성공적인 통일을 만들어가는 사람들, 02-6497-5035, [email protected], 계좌번호: 신한은행 110-023-677055
외환은행 630-007612-388
예금주 사단법인성공적인통일을만들어가는사람들




PSCORE invites you to its ROCK OUT CONCERT VOL.8!!

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PSCORE will hold another charity concert on Saturday, July 19th and invites you to come and rock with us!

This time around the show is guaranteed to be a fantastic concert with some of the best local indie and rock bands taking to the stage for this worthy cause.

We held our previous ROCK OUT concerts at Club Freebird 1, but this time we invite you to Big Bird (Club Freebird 2), which is much bigger and whose cavish style will add to the atmosphere. Come and check out our new venue still located in Hongdae!

The doors will open at 7:30pm and the line-up is as follows:

07:40 - Bluesnake

08:20 - Man

09:00 - Magna Fall

09:40 - Space Papa

10:20 - Beatniks

11:00 - Love X Stereo

11:40 - Wasted Johnny's

12:20 - Angry Bear

Tickets can be purchased at the door: 15,000 won.

The event is a charity concert, organized by and for PSCORE. The proceeds will go to funding of educational activities and social programs for North Korean refugees in South Korea. It will also go to activities that raise awareness of the ongoing human rights violations taking place in North Korea.

We look forward to seeing you all there! :)

Please follow this link to 'attend' our Facebook event, get more information and invite friends!



London Calling: PSCORE in the UK

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Only hours after the last event at the Human Rights Council, the PSCORE team was already boarding the plane to its next stop: the UK. While the focus of our work in Geneva had been on supplementing the work of the Commission of Inquiry, the UK trip offered PSCORE many great opportunities to raise awareness for the ongoing atrocities in the DPRK among both the public and policymakers.

After arriving at Heathrow Airport, the PSCORE team travelled to world-famous University of Oxford for its first event. At Oxford, they were warmly welcomed at the university’s Oriental Institute, where PSCORE founder and director Kim Young-Il held a seminar about his experiences escaping from North Korea and human rights in the DPRK.

The next day, a day-long visit to Radley College was scheduled for Young-Il and the team. Radley College is a private school located in Oxfordshire. At the school, PSCORE engaged with the students during a series of events, attending classes in history and politics, and giving a presentation in the school’s assembly hall. Not only did many students attend the events, but their smart questions also demonstrated a sincere interest in the human rights situation in North Korea.

In the following days, PSCORE got the chance to visit two more private schools, Eton College and Dulwich College, both located in close proximity to London. Just as at Radley College, the team received a warm welcome and got plenty of opportunities to discuss North Korean human rights with the students.

After an eventful week, PSCORE’s last stop was Westminster in London, where the team had a meeting with Lord Alton, member of the British House of Lords. Lord Alton has been an outspoken advocate of human rights throughout his career and has recently published a book on North Korea, titled “Building bridges: Is there Hope for North Korea?” Throughout the meeting, he was very interested to learn more about PSCORE’s work, and Kim Young-Il and Secretary-General Nam Bada had the chance to provide him with valuable insights based on their experience with North Korean defectors.

The PSCORE team has now returned to Seoul and, inspired by two exciting weeks in Europe, will continue to work for improve the lives of North Koreans. We would like to thank everyone who has made this great trip possible for their invaluable support.

Below are some pictures of our trip (more will follow)


Kim Young-Il during a seminar at the University of Oxford


PSCORE members with students and staff at the Oriental Institute at Oxford



Radley College



Young-Il speaking about his journey at Radley College



Dulwich College


Bada Nam and Young-Il Kim with Lord Alton, in front of Westminster.




PSCORE travels to the Human Rights Council in Geneva

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The PSCORE team in front of the Palais des Nations

This March, PSCORE sent a delegation to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where our team attended the Council's 25th session at the Palais des Nations. This year's highlight was the presentation of the highly anticipated report by the Comission of Inquiry on the DPRK, which - in unprecedented detail - describes and condemns the widespread and systematic violation of human rights by the North Korean state.

Thanks to PSCORE's Consultative Status, the delegation including Executive Director and representative of the North Korean defectors' community, Kim Young-il, did not only attend the meetings, but also actively participated in them. Most importantly, Young-il had the opportunity to present an oral statement directly addressing the members of the Human Rights Council. Providing the unique perspective of someone who had lived in the DPRK and witnessed atrocities first-hand, Young-Il urged the UN to take action against the continued perpetration of crimes against humanity by the Kim regime.

In addition to the official events, the PSCORE team also organized and participated in several side events, which helped to raise awareness for the many facets of human rights violations in the DPRK. In cooperation with Human Rights Watch, PSCORE organized the event "Now we know," which was also attended by the members of the Commission of Inquiry. During the event, Kim Young-Il delivered the final remarks. The next day, the ten members of the PSCORE team organized their own side event - a screening of the movie "The Apostle." The movie showed the brutal persecution of Christians in North Korea and triggered a fruitful discussion with the audience afterwards. On the same day, the PSCORE team launched a protest campaign in front of the Permanent Mission of the DPRK, where it was joined by members of Justice for North Korea and the Korean War Abductees' Family Union.
The visit was rather short, however, as someone from within the Mission called the police, who kindly but firmly requested the team to leave.

Lastly, PSCORE reached out to the media on several occasions during the trip: Young-Il had the chance to conduct an interview with the BBC and was also futured in a webinar with GlobalNet21.

Overall, it was a great trip and we used our many opportunities to promote human rights for North Korea.Thanks to everyone who joined and supported us!

Check out pictures below!

You can also see our Facebook album




PSCORE director Kim Young-il presenting his oral statement at the Human Rights Council



Young-il's statement broadcasted by the UN Web TV


The PSCORE team preparing for a campaign in front of the Permanent Mission of the DPRK




In cooperation with the Korean War Abductees' Family Union and Justice for North Korea, PSCORE campaigned for North Korean Human rights in front of the permanent mission of the DPRK. Only a few minutes after getting there, police arrived and asked if the team belonged to an organization called PSCORE. Having been called by someone within the permanent mission, they then ordered the assembled people to leave.


PSCORE at the Palais des Nations



At the UN, PSCORE aired the movie "The Apostle" during a side event. The movie depicts the brutal persecution of Christians in North Korea.


After the movie, PSCORE discussed the movie with the audience.





The PSCORE team after the side event


In cooperation with Human Rights Watch, PSCORE organized the event, "Now we know."


Michael Kirby, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on the DPRK, speaking at the side event


PSCORE's director Kim Young-il delivering final remarks at the side event





Kim Young-il and Hannah Jung during a Webinar with GlobalNet21


Kim Young-il during an interview with the BBC. Check it out here.




Kim Young-Il broadcasted on BBC News!!

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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


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 Korean defectors! No contribution is too small to have an impact, so please share the page with your friends and help defectors fulfill their full potential!

Check it out here:

Indiegogo campaign page




PSCORE Rock Out Vol.7!

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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 will go to benefit our educational activities and social programs for North Korean defectors.

The line up was as follows:

09:00pm - Burning Monkeys

09:40pm - Pentasonic

10:20pm - The Studs Lonigan Experience

11:00pm - Verity & Ava/베리티와 에바

11:40pm - Wasted Johnny's (웨이스티드쟈니스)

12:20am -Angry Bear (화난 곰)

01:00am - Slow Dress/느린 치마

PSCORE thanks each of the bands as well as our volunteers and interns for making the night such a success!! Also, of course, we thanks the crowd, always present to support the events and/or organization!

For a detailed report of the night, check out our new intern's review here!