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

President, Defense Forum Foundation

2013 Awarded the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal
2010 Walter Judd Freedom Award
2008 Seoul Peace Prize Laureate
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)

Summary of Work by Suzanne Scholte on North Korea Human Rights
-Established and Chaired, North Korea Freedom Day (2004) and North Korea Freedom Week (2005-2011) to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people
-Established and Chaired, Save North Korean Refugees Day (2009, 2010, 2011) 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 works to support 318 Partners for the purpose of rescuing 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)
-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)
-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 (23); Christian (20) and James (10)