North Korea’s Rising Civil Society Hannah Song

2013 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 14, 2013

Liberty in North Korea director Hannah Song reveals the grassroots changes taking place in North Korea over the last 12 to 15 years—changes that are giving hope to activists fighting for freedom in North Korea. Song identifies six reasons North Koreans will achieve their freedom in our lifetime, including information flows and cross border movement, the explosion of corruption since the 1990s economic collapse, defectors providing a link inside the hermit kingdom, and the rise of a new generation that never experienced a prosperous regime. North Korean citizens are breaking away from the state and possibilities for collective empowerment from the bottom up are greater than ever.