HanVoice is the largest Canadian organization advocating for improved human rights in North Korea. This year they have launched the HanVoice Pioneer’s Project (“HPP”). The HPP is designed to accelerate the advocacy and lobbying skills of the selected candidate who is a refugee from North Korea.
The HPP consists of two modules:
1. The Advocacy Program offers candidates with direct-awareness building work in Toronto working with HanVoice, enrolment in the Global Advocacy Leadership Lab, a world-class advocacy training institution, and further classes to enhance their English-language skills.
2. The Immersion Program provides an opportunity to apply what they’ve learned and build confidence in interacting with leaders, policymakers, and decision-makers through an internship with Member of Parliament Barry Devolin’s office in Ottawa, who Co-Chairs the Canada-Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group.
The selected candidate has arrived in Toronto now and his name is Seongmin Lee, 26. After fleeing North Korea in 2009, Lee resettled in South Korea in 2010 and is now studying Foreign Languages at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He has been active in the North Korean human rights movement through organizations such as Seoul-based PSCORE, and is the first North Korean to testify before the UN’s Human Rights Committee in English.
This is an important program designed to have a lasting impact on an important issue. As members of the bar and as advocates, HanVoice invites you to support this program. HanVoice is hosting a fundraiser event on July 26, 2013 at Dark Horse Espresso Bar located at 215 Spadina Avenue in Toronto. Doors open at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $100 and net proceeds go towards funding the HPP. More information is available here: http://hanvoice.ca/upcomingevents/ and more information on the HPP is here: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7ec02347e3fbec0fce93e6714&id=d6488a3071.
If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation, the Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation has an ongoing campaign to create an educational grant to fund the studies of the HPP candidate. This fundraising drive continues until July 31, 2013 and all donations are tax receiptable as a charitable donation. Donations can be made online through Paypal here: Donate to Summer Benefit.