#AskShin: North Korean Prison Camp Survivor Shin Dong-hyuk Answers your Questions
Earlier this week, the Bush Center welcomed North Korean political prison camp survivor Shin Dong-hyuk. We asked our social media audiences to submit questions about his experience and his ongoing efforts to promote freedom using the hashtag #AskShin. Here's what Shin had to say:
Ben Voth from Facebook asked:
What would you like American college students to do or to know about North Korea to improve the situation there? #AskShin
Amanda McBride Dietrich from Facebook asked:
What is the best part about living outside of the camp and in society? What have been your biggest struggles adapting to daily life on your own? #AskShin
Joshua Chinn from Facebook asked:
What do you think would be the most proficient use of U.S. influence, as well as your time, in an effort to expand human rights and political freedom in North Korea? #AskShin
Visit The Freedom Collection to hear more from Shin and other North Korean freedom advocates.
The Death of Uzbekistan’s Dictator: What It Means
Last week—the 25th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence—saw his death from an apparent brain hemorrhage. As the country prepares for its first transition of power since independence, here are a few points to consider.
Cuban Freedom Advocate Returns Home to Harassment from the Regime
Biscet and Morejon were separated and interrogated by security officials for several hours. Their belongings were meticulously searched.
Gold Medal Dictatorships in Rio
The Olympic Games are powerful. Through waving flags and national anthems, they ignite countrywide pride in a way that few things do. Unfortunately, authoritarian leaders can use the spectacle of the Games and its incredible athletes to soften perceptions of how their countries operate. Those of us in free societies have a responsibility to pull back the rosy, Olympic veil and be more discerning of countries competing in the Games that have no regard for freedom, human rights, and global security. If we don’t, these regimes gain a sense of legitimacy within the international community. Each year, Freedom House releases its Freedom in the World report, a comprehensive analysis that grades countries as “free,” “partly free,” or “not free” based on their people’s political rights and civil liberties. Many countries ranked as “not free” are showcasing themselves in Rio and it’s important to see beyond the festi