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In Case You Missed It – Shin Dong-hyuk’s Open Letter to Dennis Rodman

December 19, 2013 1 minute Read by Amanda Schnetzer

In case you missed it, The Washington Post published an editorial this week by North Korean political prison camp survivor Shin Dong-hyuk. He is the only known person to be born and raised in North Korea’s brutal gulags and to escape to freedom. Shin’s editorial is an open letter to Dennis Rodman, who continues traveling to the country to spend time with its dictator, Kim Jong Un. Shin tells about his horrific experiences inside the North Korean camps, including malnutrition, abuse and exhaustion from forced labor, and asks Rodman to use his “friendship” to help put an end to such atrocities.

The Bush Center welcomed Shin in October as part of our Freedom Advocate Initiative. He answered a variety of questions from Facebook and Twitter users about his experiences and his ongoing efforts. Read about his visit and see answers to his questions.


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Amanda Schnetzer
Amanda Schnetzer

Amanda Schnetzer serves as Fellow, Global Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas.

Previously, Amanda served as Director Global Initiatives after serving as founding director of the Human Freedom Initiative. In this role, she was responsible for developing innovative research, programmatic, and policy efforts to advance societies rooted in political and economic freedom and to empower women to lead in their communities and countries.

Amanda has twenty years of experience in the international arena and a background in public policy research and analysis, public affairs, and management of diverse, high-level stakeholders. As senior fellow and director of studies at Freedom House in New York, Amanda guided research for the organization’s definitive studies of freedom. She began her career at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, supporting research on U.S. foreign policy and international politics. Amanda is a published writer and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds degrees from Georgetown University and Southern Methodist University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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