By Sophia Hapin, HRNK Research Intern
Edited by Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Carter Thompson, HRNK Research Intern
April 1, 2021
North Korea is the most oppressive regime in the world, in a state of seemingly endless humanitarian crisis. Yet, while the struggles of North Koreans have reached the attention of global, mainstream media, denuclearization remains the top priority of many governments and institutions. The threat of aggression from the regime is indeed prevalent, but international organizations and governments must jointly pursue national security interests without compromising or neglecting humanitarian aid with a human rights up front approach.
HRNK staff members and interns wish to dedicate this program to our colleague Katty Chi. A native of Chile and graduate of the London School of Economics, Katty became a North Korean human rights defender in her early 20s. Katty was chief of international affairs with the North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC) in Seoul from 2010 to 2014 and worked with the Seoul Office of Liberty in North Korea (LinK) from 2019 to 2020. A remarkable member of our small North Korean human rights community, Katty brought inspiration and good humor to all. Katty passed away in Seoul this past May, at the young age of 32. She is survived by her parents and brother living in Chile. With the YPWP series, we endeavor to honor Katty’s life and work.