The international nuclear standoff with North Korea has put the totalitarian regime’s human rights record in greater focus, and one of the world’s leading advocates for human rights in North Korea will be the next speaker in the Politics, Law, and Economics Lecture Series at Florida Southern College.
Dr. Suzanne Scholte will give the lecture, “The Battle for Human Rights in North Korea: Is there hope for peaceful change?” at 6 p.m. October 10 in Room 112 of the Becker Business Building at FSC. The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Free Enterprise at FSC, is free and open to the public.
Dr. Scholte is affiliated with two organizations that work to assist defectors and refugees fleeing the country and to advocate for the improvement of human rights inside North Korea. She is president of the Defense Forum Foundation, which promotes freedom, democracy, and human rights abroad through a series of Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forums.
Dr. Scholte is also chairman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, which has over 70 public member organizations and works for the freedom, human rights, and dignity of the North Korean people. The Coalition also has private members that provide humanitarian relief inside North Korea and members in China and other nations that feed, shelter, and rescue North Korean refugees.
In 1996, Dr. Scholte began a program to host the first North Korean defectors in the United States, giving them a voice to speak out about the atrocities being committed against the people of North Korea. She has led international efforts to pressure China to end its repatriation policy and has been involved in the rescue of hundreds of North Koreans escaping their country. In recognition of her efforts, she was awarded the 2008 Seoul Peace Prize, the 2010 Walter Judd Freedom Award, the 2013 Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal from the Republic of Korea, the 2014 Sanders Peace and Social Justice Award, and a Volunteer Service (Gold) Award from the President of the United States in 2014.
“We are delighted to host Dr. Scholte and listen to her talk, particularly at this time when North Korea is causing so much anxiety in its international relations,” said Dr. Antony Dnes, director of the Center for Free Enterprise. “As one of the world’s leading experts on North Korea’s suppression of human rights, Dr. Scholte has compelling analysis and observations to share with us.”
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