A HK-based Australian Kim Jong-un lookalike was hired this afternoon by a local concern group to protest the actions of the North Korean regime…
‘Howard’ (previously interviewed on the blog), turned court jester for the afternoon as he spoke against political detention camps in the DPRK.
The impersonator was hired at a reduced rate by NK Detractors Concern as the group aimed to attract media attention to the cause. They marched in the drizzle from Immigration Tower to the Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in Wanchai.
The group is calling upon the Chinese government to stop returning escapees back to the reclusive state.
Chanting slogans, they also invited Hong Kongers to sign a petition demanding Beijing end its programme of repatriating dissidents.
Howard said that his presence helped to rally local and international media. NTDTV, Reuters, AP and local outlets were in attendance.
There are an unknown number of North Korean refugees in the city who border-hop through the mainland in the hope of reaching South Korea and claiming asylum. There are also a number of North Korean diplomats and businesses based in the territory.
Political dissidents face torture and starvation in the North’s network of gulags, which have been expanded under the leadership of Kim Jong-un. As these disturbing images show, the unspeakable conditions within remain a stain on the conscience of the global community.
NK Defectors Concern distributed the following press release, citing a recent report by Amnesty International…
Under Kim Jong-un’s administration, 16 million North Korean people continuously suffer from unsafe food and malnutrition, as well as widespread violations of human rights.
Enlargement of Political Prisoners Camp
According to a report released by Amnesty International, the two biggest political prisoners camps (Camp 15 and Camp 16) were expanded again. The satellite photos taken from 2011 to 2013 show that Camp 16 is about 560km2, which is 3 times the area of Washington D.C.. Camp 16 jails about 20,000 prisoners that the number is higher than before. The area of Camp 15 is around 370km2 and was estimated imprisoned 50,000 people two years ago.
Increase in the number of Public Executions
The North Korean Government constantly makes use of public execution as a means of suppressing dissent, and even ordinary citizens. Nearly 80 people were executed publicly in several locations last month, accused of “watching smuggled South Korean TV dramas and films or transmitting obscene materials”. This was the largest execution since Kim Jong-un came into power.
Greater suppression on the defectors
After the assumption of power by Kim Jong-un, North Korean Government has taken stricter measures against defectors. North Korean troops beside Tumen River shoot defectors escaping to Chinese territory. Meanwhile, the North Korean government continues to strengthen its coorperation with its Chinese counterpart to suppress such defections. Chinese authorities have installed silent alarms inside residences near the North Korea border. If the defectors seek help from Chinese residents, those residents can secretly report them to the police via the alarm system. The police and border guards then then arrest the defectors. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Unification, only 1509 defectors successfully arrived at the South in the first year of Kim Jong-un’s rule, a reduction of 44% a year before. The figures continue to drop this year, with only 1041 people arriving in South Korea in the first 9 months.
We ask the public to pay attention on the violations of human rights by the Kim Jong-un regime. We also urge the North Korean government to improve human rights and immediately abolish political prisoner camp.
The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants claims that the HK Police have been instructed to keep no record of the arrest or registration of North Korean dissidents in the city… Meanwhile, Hong Kong has no qualms about doing business with the Hermit Kingdom itself, with DPRK goods readily available in supermarkets…
Hong Kong remains the country’s second largest trading partner, the SCMP reports. Two-way trade reached US$111million last year, up 457% from the year before. In 2012, US$53million worth of goods were imported from the Stalinist country, with a similar amount of HK goods being exported to them. This coincides with the establishment of a joint industrial zone which has been agreed between Beijing and Pyongyang.
Archive of political posts and coverage…
- A Tour of the Famous Greenpeace Ship, Rainbow Warrior III.
- Average Salaries of Those Who Serve Us.
- Child Abduction Rumours Are Textbook Scarelore.
- Citizens Left to Clean Beaches Still Brimming with Plastic Pellets.
- CY Leung Humiliated at Ceremony Ahead of July 1st March.
- Election 2012 as Popvote.hk is Hacked.
- Food Choices on the Hong Kong Poverty Line.
- Henry Tang’s Daughter’s Artwork.
- Hidden Agenda Raided Again Over the Weekend.
- Hong Kong 3rd Best for Human Freedom? The Truth About ‘That Survey’.
- Hong Kong’s Invisible Caged Poor: Mini Sculptures by Kwong Chi Kit.
- Hong Kong is World’s Most Racist State. See also: Hong Kong NOT World’s Most Racist State After All.
- Hong Kong’s Rooftop Slums.
- Hong Kong’s Shame – More Squalid Slums Discovered in the New Territories.
- How Hong Kong Would Look With The All Lights Out.
- How Mitt Romney Raised $Millions in HK & Macau.
- Indonesian Maids Rally in Support of Abused Domestic Helper.
- Judges Approve Transsexual Marriage as LGBT Event Planned for Weekend.
- Lantau Incinerator a Load of Old Rubbish.
- Manila Bus Crisis – Mourning Sickness.
- Memo an Affront to HK’s Autonomy as New HK Ai Wei Wei Piece Revealed.
- More Clueless Sexual Assault Comments, Now From HK’s Chief Prosecutor.
- New HK PSA: Shut Up and Love China.
- Poverty & Property: The Claustrophobic Reality of HK Shoeboxes.
- Revealed: CY Leung Met Tony Blair in Secretive June Meeting
- Security Chief Tells Women: ‘Reduce Drinking’ to Get Raped Less.
- Serious Crime Unit Arrests Graffiti Artist as US Criticises HK Human Rights.
- Squalor in Fanling: Slum Dwellings Return to Hong Kong (Photos).
- Tens of Thousands Surround Gov’t HQ Protesting Rejected HKTV Bid.
- The Heart-Warming Kindness of Hong Kong’s Heroes.
- The HK Standard: Ignorant at Best, Racist at Worst.
- The KONY 2012 HK ‘Night Sweep’.
- The McQueue of Shame?
- Time Out/Hemlock Tycoons Feature.
- Two HK School Children Demand GovHK Burn Ivory Stockpile
- Why Does Jackie Chan Hate Hong Kong?
The front lines (in reverse chronological order – most recent first)…
- Left 21 Anti-Poverty Halloween Rally.
- US Whistleblower Edward Snowden Seeks Refuge in HK, 2013. More on the ‘Support Snowden’ rally: Part I: Preparations, Part II: Global media coverage, Part III: Photos, Part IV: Videos.
- Giant Dog Shit is Re-dedicated to Politician Chan Kam-Lam, 2013.
- Tiananmen Vigil 2013. See also: Preview of 2013 Candle-lit Vigil.
- Depraved HK Newspaper Needn’t Fear HK’s Media Watchdogs, 2012. See also: Media Ethics Complaint Against Oriental Daily Upheld.
- Gaza Rally 2012.
- Tiananmen Vigil 2012.
- Why I Attempted to Arrest Tony Blair, 2012. See also: £2420 ‘Arrest Blair’ Bounty Awarded.
- 24-hr Anonymous Guerrilla Art Installation, 2010.
- Anniversary of the Tibetan Occupation, 2010.
- Gaza Flotilla Rally, 2010.
- HK-GZ High Speed Rail Link Protests, 2010.
- Anniversary of the Tibetan Occupation, 2009.
- Annual Democracy Rally, 2009.
- Gaza Rally, 2009.
- Tiananmen Vigil 2009.
- Annual Democracy Rally, 2008.
- Buy Nothing Day, 2008.
- China Human Rights Protest, 2008.
- Olympic Torch Relay, 2008 See also: Olympic Countdown and Civil Liberties Legal Case, 2008.
- Tiananmen Vigil 2008.
- Maxim Magazine Feature, 2006.
- Minimum Wage Protest, 2006.
- Worker’s Rights in Education, 2006.
Rallies/Demonstrations attended by, or covered by, Hong Wrong…
- Lantau Incinerator Protest, 2012.
- LGBT Anti-Discrimination Rally, 2012.
- Shots from HK’s Gay Pride Parade, 2012.
- Shots from the National Education Protests of 2012.
- Occupy Hong Kong, 2011. See also: Occupy Hong Kong a Bit Embarrassing, Asked to Leave, Occupy HK Refuse to Speak to Media and Occupy Hong Kong Evicted (pictures).
Reinterpreting major local news events in English for foreign readers and expats…
- Full Lowdown: 2012 Election Aftermath. Protests Continue, Albert Ho Quits & Racist Candidate Loses.
- Full Lowdown: Battle of the Bullshit – Falun Gong Edition.
- Full Lowdown: HK Lamma Ferry Disaster 2012.
- Full Lowdown: HK Political Shit-storm Ahead of July 1st, 2012. See also: Full Lowdown of Handover Weekend 2012: Protest Minimised, Reporter Removed.
- Full Lowdown: HK’s 2012 National Education Protests. See also: Full Lowdown: Small Victory for Scholarism as 170,000+ Protest National Education.
- Full Lowdown: HK’s Tiananmen Vigil & Protests 2012.
- Full Lowdown: July 1st Pro-Democracy March, 2013. See also: The coolest, most inspiring shots from the 2013 July 1st Rally.
- Full Lowdown: Time Hong Kong Moved on from the Manila Bus Crisis.
- Full Lowdown: Thousands of Bigoted Christian Homophobes Gather for Demo.
- Full Lowdown: US Whistleblower Edward Snowden Seeks Refuge in Free Speech HK