Suzanne Scholte's Biography of Work for North Korea Human Rights

President, Defense Forum Foundation

2008 Seoul Peace Prize Laureate

2010 Walter Judd Freedom Award

2013 Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal from Republic of Korea

2013 Champion of the Faith

2014 Sanders Peace and Social Justice Award

2014 Volunteer Service Award (Gold) from President of the United States of America

Honorary Citizen of Seoul

Chairman, North Korea Freedom Coalition

Vice-Chairman, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

Honorary Chairman, Free North Korea Radio

Honorary Chairman, North Korea People’s Liberation Front

Honorary Doctorate, Koshin University

Visiting Distinguished Professor, Yonsei University’s Underwood International College (2009, 2010)

Guest Lecturer, Koshin University (2011)

 

Summary of Work by Suzanne Scholte on North Korea Human Rights

-Established and Chaired, North Korea Freedom Day (2004) and North Korea Freedom Week (2005-2014) to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people

-Established and Chaired, Save North Korean Refugees Day (held yearly since 2009 to promote awareness and action to save North Korean refugees

-Chairman and Founding Member, North Korea Freedom Coalition, an organization of over 65 nongovernmental organizations and individuals from around the world promoting the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people


-Honorary Chairman, Free North Korea Radio, the only defectors run and staffed radio program broadcasting news and information into North Korea

-Honorary Chairman, North Korea People’s Liberation Front, elected unanimously by former North Korean soldiers who are working against the Kim Jong-il regime and pro-communist groups in South Korea by providing real information and exposing the truth about the regime

-Vice Chairman and Founding Board Member, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, an organization that publishes factual information about North Korea human rights issues

-Successfully nominated KIM Seung Min (Director of Free North Korea Radio) for the Asia and Democracy and Human Rights Award awarded by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (2009)

-Established the Sin U Nam Rescue Fund in 2002 and continues to support the rescue of hundreds of North Korean refugees through the underground railroad

-Organized Protests at Embassies of China to Save the North Korean Refugees every year since 2002

-Hosted the first North Korean defectors to speak out publicly in the USA (1997)

-Hosted the first survivors of the North Korean political prisoner camps in the USA (1998)

-Organized the first U.S. Congressional hearing on the North Korea’s political prison camps (1999) and the most recent hearing on the political prison camps (2011)

-Organized the first U.S. Congressional hearing on the trafficking of North Korean Women (2005)

-Organized the first U.S. Congressional hearings on South Korean and Japanese Abductees, South Korean POWs, and North Korea’s Illicit Activities (2006, 2006)          (more)

-Organized the first U.S. Congressional hearing on North Korean refugees in China which featured the rescuers and the rescued (2007)

-Organized the first U.S. Congressional hearing witnesses on the persecution of Christians in North Korea (2008)

-Organized the largest delegation of North Korean defectors to visit the USA (2009)

-Helped author and present The Seoul Statement on North Korean Human Rights in 1999 at the First International Conference on North Korea Human Rights and Refugees

-Hosted visits to the USA for over 70 defectors from North Korea to testify in Congress, speak at conferences, and other events

-Has also given hundreds of speeches, media interviews, written many OPEDs and testified many times before Congress on North Korea

 

Scholte is also the Chairman and Founder of the U.S.-Western Sahara Foundation.

 


Personal

Graduate of the College of William and Mary (B.A. English)

Honorary Doctorate in Education from Koshin University (Busan, Republic of Korea)

Kindergarten Sunday School Teacher, The Falls Church Anglican

Married to Chadwick R. Gore with three sons: Chester (27); Christian (24) and James (14).

 

SHORT SUMMARY OF ABOVE

Suzanne K. Scholte is considered one of the world’s leading activist in the North Korea human rights movement having worked for over 18 years to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people. Scholte began a program in 1996 to host the first North Korean defectors in the United States to speak out about the atrocities being committed against the people of North Korea including the political prison camps and the horrific treatment of refugees. She has led international efforts to pressure China to end their horrific repatriation policy and has been involved in the rescue of hundreds of North Koreans escaping from North Korea. Currently, she serves as President of the Defense Forum Foundation; Chairman, North Korea Freedom Coalition; Vice-Chairman, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; and Honorary Chairman, Free North Korea Radio

She is the recipient of the 2008 Seoul Peace Prize Laureate, 2010 Walter Judd Freedom Award, 2013 Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal from the Republic of Korea, 2014 Sanders Peace and Social Justice Award, and the Volunteer Service (Gold) Award from the President of the United States. She was made an Honorary Citizen of Seoul in 2008. Scholte is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Koshin University.