20th May 2016
It was great (and productive!) to meet all of you again or for the first time, 안명철 (NK Watch), 김영환 ( NKnet: The Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights), Radio Free Asia Korean Service, UN Human Rights Office – Seoul, Teach North Korean Refugees, NANK 북한인권법통과를위한모임 and many others!
17th May 2016
Interview with the Unification Media Group about our work and our visit to Seoul
4th May 2016
„International Conference on Right to Information in North Korea“ in Seoul
19th March 2016
‚Im Strahl der Sonne‘ Filmscreening with discussion
He accompanied for almost a year the life of a young girl in North Korea – and also filmed, what the regime does not wanted him to show. A really rare insight into the ideologically organised life in North Korea.
Besides a small introduction at the beginning of the event, we had, with the numerous cinema visitors a thrilling discussion and question round after the movie.
Thank you to the team from Filmkunst 66 for the good cooperation and towards the audience for the great interest for this topic.
26th November 2015
„With the submarine to Kim Il Sung“ – Interview with Kim Young Hwan
Interview with Detektor FM:
As the leader of the South Korean student movement, he was invited to North Korea by Kim Il Sung in 1991. Today, as a human rights activist, he turns against the North Korean government: Kim Young Hwan about political disappointments and society in North Korea.
„I have met a lot of people: professors, students, soldiers, government officials. Many of them have changed their minds and some of them are fighting against their government. I would say, the change has already begun.“
25th November 2015
Meeting with Members of Parliament
Eunkyoung Kwon (ICNK), Kim Young Hwan (NKnet) and Ahn Myeong Chul (NK Watch) spoke to the politicans about the report of the commission of inquiry of the UN on North Korea and its proposal of a stronger political participation of the Federal Republic to an improvement of the human rights situation in North Korea.
23rd November 2015
The Film Festival visits Tübingen
Organised by the ‚United Nations Student Association Tübingen‘ the Film Festival was invited to the University of Tübingen. Before the screening of the film ‚Crossing‘, the students took the opportunity upon to discuss with Kim Young Hwan and Ahn Myeong Chul the general human rights situation and the changes in North Korea
22nd November 2015
Event: The political religion of the ‚Kimisms‘ in North Korea and its fatal consequences
Kim Young Hwan and Ahn Myeong Chul are guests at the headquarter of the Giordano-Bruno Foundation. After a brief introduction about the history of the Korean penisula, from the Japanese occupation until today, our guests from Korea discussed following questions: Is there really no resistance within North Korea? How does the ideological indoctrination of the population with the political religion of ‚Kimisms‘ works, whose visible results are simply grotesque to us? And most important, what can we do to help people in North Korea?
20th-25th November 2015
International Human Rights Film Festival to North Korea (NHIFF) for the first time in Germany
The International Human Rights Film Festival to North Korea, in short NHIFF, is taking place for five years in a row – and from now on, also in Germany! Together with ICNK, NKnet, NK Watch and the Cinema for Peace Foundation we have brought the Festival to Berlin.
In addition to the film program, there were presentations from:
Kim Young Hwan, who personally discussed the Juche Ideology of North Korea with Kim Il Sung, after he was taken to North Korea on board of a submarine.
Ahn Myeong Chul, who worked before his escape from North Korea as a guard in a camp for political prisoners, and for the infamous ‚Bowibu‘, the North Korean Secret Service.
Jihyun Park, who had to flee twice from starvation in North Korea, was forcibly married in China, and today advocates particularly for women’s rights of North Korean refugees.
More information here.
5th November 2015
First Visit to the new Korea Referee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
We used our inaugural visit to the new referee for Korea of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss meaningful strategies and courses of actions for NGOs in Germany.
18th August 2015
Interview with Jihyun Park published by Tagesspiegel
The EAHRNK and Jihyun Park were visiting Berlin in April this year, the interview is published now.
23rd June 2015
Salzburg Global Seminar’s symposium on International Responses to Crimes Against Humanity
From June 2 to 6, 2015, the three members of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – Michael Kirby, Marzuki Darusman, and Sonja Biserko – came together at Salzburg Global Seminar’s symposium on International Responses to Crimes Against Humanity: The Challenge of North Korea to consider responses to the COI report released in 2014.
At the symposium, the commissioners met with 40 diplomats, legal experts, policy makers and human rights advocates from six continents to debate a broad range of actions, including renewing the call to the UN Security Council to consider referring North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un to the International Criminal Court for suspected crimes against humanity. The symposium was held under the Chatham House Rule, protecting the identities of participants and not attributing particular views or comments to the individuals taking part.
The Salzburg Global Statement can be found here.
22nd May 2015
Talk about Children’s Rights in North Korea and China
20th May 2015
“The Korean Question: Human Rights and the Future of the DMZ”
After an historical and problem-oriented introduction to North and South Korea by Dr. Lee, Ms. Kim and Prof. Kim talked about the future of the demilitarised zone along the 49th parallel. Then Nicolai Sprekels reported about the human rights situation in North Korea from the perspective of Saram e.V. and options for action for european NGO’s.
Look here for more information.
Networking with “European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea” in Berlin
Event Report 20th April 2015
Human Rights in North Korea: International Challenge, European Solutions
Interview by Deutsche Welle with Jihyun Park: „Den Kampf gegen Nordkorea habe ich gewonnen“
You can find a complete report (unfortunately only available in german) about the event here.
Human Right in North Korea: International Challenge, European Solutions
Event on the 20th April 2015 in Berlin.
In cooperation with the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea (EAHRNK) and the Giordano-Bruno-Foundation (GBS), the event will take place on the 20th April 2015, at 7:00pm at Literaturhaus Berlin.
Fasanenstr.23, 10719 Berlin
A link to our Facebook event here.
31th March 2015
Saram e.V joins the ICNK
After talks in Berlin and Seoul, Saram e.V. joins the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK). The ICNK significantly supported the Commission of Inquiry (COI) of the UN, which published the Report on Human Rights in North Korea in February 2015. After this was accomplished, the ICNK now aims to advocate on an international level the implementation of the recommondations of the COI report.
We already started to plan our first joint project, at the end of the year ICNK and Saram e.V. will host the North Korean Human Rights International Film Festival (NHIFF) for the first time in Berlin! More information coming soon.
20th March 2015
For the first time a conversation took place between the Committee for Human Right and Humanitarian Aid of the German Bundestag and NGO’s from South Korea and Germany. A delegation of representatives of the International Coalition to stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) and Saram e.V. had the opportunity to present their positions to the members of the Committee and to discuss possible solutions for the permanent crisis on the Korean penisula.
24th February 2015
As part of the exhibition ‚Making Border. Afterimages and Projections‘ at the DNA Berlin, a discussion about ‚Edge Operations: Projecting the DMZ‘ took place. Guests included the curator Seoyoung Kim, Dougsei Kim of the Korea University and Dr. Law Seokmin Lee of the University Tübingen. The exhibition runs until 31th March 2015.
13th February 2015
Our third symposium deals with the following topics:
Part 1: Summary of current situation of human rights in North Korea (Saram e.V.) and situation of refugees from North Korea (HEKO e.V.)
Part 2: We want to discuss whether or why ‚the west‘ should commit to an improvement of human rights in North Korea. Particularly Germany that faces a historical responsibility for human rights.
Part 3: Q&A
9th January 2015
In the museum at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin there is an exhibition about North Korea. In this radio programme Nicolai Sprekels gave insights about the country and dictatorship. At the end of the interview you will hear the obeisance song „We will follow you only“, which lead the fictitious charts for weeks in North Korea in 2014. It is a premiere in German radio.
27th September 2014
At the advisory council meeting, the Giordano-Bruno-Foundation (GBS) assured Saram e.V. their support. The GBS is a think tank for humanism and enlightenment.
4th September 2014
Saram e.V. has addressed a letter to the embassy of the People’s Republic of China, after 29 North Korean citizen have been caught in China in Juliy, where they are now under the threat of deportation. In the letter to His Excelleny Shi Mingde, we pointed out that these people can’t be economical immigrants themselves, as they are families amongst them a one year old child. This is unfortunately claimed by the chinese side over and over again when it comes to the deportation of North Korean people from China.
A response from the Chinese Embassy is still pending.
12th August 2014
‚Der Tagesspiegel‘ reports about three human rights organisations from Berlin, amongst them Saram e.V. Interestingly, the reason for this article is an exhibition at Checkpoint Charlie on human rights violations in North Korea, we can definitely recommend a visit!
2nd August 2014
With our partners HEKO e.V. we have organised this symposium for everyone who is interested in the situation of the Korean penisula and looking forward to discuss open questions with all participants.
7th June 2014
At the beginning of our search for partners, HEKO e.V. soon gathered our attention. But before tackling joint project, we wanted to get to know each other better. So we had a fantastic BBQ and noticed how well our associations cooperate. We are looking forward to our first joint project!
24th May 2014
Radio Free Asia / Chosun Ilbo report on our activities! For those who do not speak fluent Korean, we will upload a german translation of the interview and article next week.
Another Interview about Saram with Yvonne Yung Hee and Nicolai Sprekels with K-Colors of Korea.
5th May 2014
Finally! We are excited to invite you all to celebrate with us our official opening!
In addition to a presentation of Saram e.V. and it’s goals, we are presenting as a special guest bestselling author Christian Eisert (‚Kim and Tintin‘), who will report about his detailed impressions from North Korea. The event will be moderated by Volker Panzer, known from the ZDF-Nachtstudio.
Thursday, 15th May 2014, 7:00pm
10th May 2014
Our first newspaper interview!
The BZ published an interview about the work and ambitions of Saram e.V.