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Hyeonseo Lee        

Advocate for the Human Rights of North Koreans as Political Refugees

Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector living in Seoul, South Korea. She has completed writing her memoir, "The Girl With Seven Names", which was published in July 2015 in more than 20 countries and has become a global bestseller.

Hyeonseo has given testimony about North Korean human rights in front of a special panel of the UN Security Council, and has discussed the issues with important leaders such as UN Ambassador Samantha Powers.

Hyeonseo has written articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal Korea Real-Time, the London School of Economics Big Ideas blog, and worked as a student journalist for the South Korean Ministry of Unification. She has also been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CBS News and numerous other television, newspaper and radio outlets throughout the world. She spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum in May 2014.

She is currently writing another book with other female North Koreans living in South Korea, and is planning to start an organization to help promising North Korean refugees interact with the international community.


North Korea: Stories of escape - CBS News
North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee is seen at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, where she studies, in Seoul, South Korea. / CBS. SEOUL South Korea ...

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