By Emily Spaugh, HRNK Research Intern
Edited by Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor and Benjamin Fu, HRNK Research Intern
August 3, 2020
All around the world, the fight for equal rights for people with disabilities is an uphill and seemingly endless battle. Even in developed countries, people with disabilities are often overlooked and undervalued. In any conversation about human rights, bringing people with disabilities to the table is imperative. In a situation as dire as the one in North Korea, it is almost unthinkable what someone with a disability may have to endure at the hands of the Kim regime, as they are one of the most vulnerable demographics in the world.
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.