Jung Gwang-il

Jung Gwang-il

Jung Gwang-il is a North Korean defector and former political prisoner who founded No Chain, an organization based in South Korea that smuggles information into North Korea. After serving in the military and trade sectors for most of his young life in North Korea, Jung was arrested for espionage by the North Korean State Security Department in 1998 and sentenced to work at the Yodok Political Prison Camp in 2000, where he was incarcerated for three years. Soon after his release, Jung escaped to South Korea and worked at Free the NK Gulag (FNKG) before establishing No Chain in 2013. Jung has testified about the abuses in North Korea in front of the European Union and U.S. Congress and was a key resource for the UN Commission of Inquiry's investigation into North Korea's human rights violations.