Adrian Hong

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Adrian Hong "currently serves as Executive Director of Liberty in North Korea, or LiNK, an international NGO devoted to human rights in North Korea, and the protection of North Korean refugees all over the world. Mr. Hong co-founded the non-profit organization, and spends his time advocating for the North Korean people to governments, institutions and agencies worldwide, working on policy issues affecting the North Korean people, maintaining and supporting a large underground network of shelters for North Korean refugees in hiding, and organizing routes and operations on the underground railroad bringing North Korean refugees to freedom. Mr. Hong regularly briefs and advises congressional and parliamentary representatives on the issue, as well as diplomatic representatives throughout the world, and officials of many international organizations and agencies.

"In December of 2006, Mr. Hong was arrested along with 2 LiNK field workers and 6 North Korean refugees in the People’s Republic of China and imprisoned before being released and deported. The PRC refuses to recognize North Koreans as refugees despite international, independent and UN findings to the contrary, and does not abide by it’s treaty obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention, which it is a signatory to. North Koreans repatriated to the DPRK face severe interrogation and punishment, and those caught attempting to defect, converting to Christianity or meeting with foreigners face imprisonment in labor and concentration camps. The refugees were released in July of 2007 in an unprecedented move by Chinese authorities and sent to South Korea.

"He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mirae Foundation, an organization dedicated to overseeing the annual KASCON conference and mentoring Korean American collegiate leaders, and serves as an adviser to the Becky Lee Women's Support Fund, an organization devoted to fighting domestic violence in immigrant and marginalized communities. Mr. Hong was chosen as a 2007 Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader, a group of the top 200 leaders under 40 from Asia and the US, and was a 2007 NetKAL Fellow at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work." [1]

In November 2007, Hong spoke at a conference organized by the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. [2]

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  1. Adrian Hong, Korean American Students Conference, accessed April 16, 2008.
  2. Legal Strategies for Protecting Human Rights in North Korea,, accessed April 16, 2008.