Garry Kasparov and Dong-hyuk Shin to Receive UN Watch Prize at Geneva’s Original League of Nations Hall
Dong-hyuk Shin, the only known surviving escapee from a North Korean total control zone prison camp, will receive UN Watch’s 2013 Moral Courage Award, at a Geneva ceremony to be held in the original League of Nations Hall tomorrow, on June 5th.
The award will be presented at UN Watch’s 20th anniversary gala dinner, where Kasparov and Shin will address ambassadors, NGO activists and UN officials.
UN Watch has helped organize meetings for Shin with UN human rights officials in Geneva.
UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer highlighted the importance of bringing victims to meet UN officials.In January, when UN human rights chief Navi Pillay called for a full-fledged international inquiry into “serious crimes” committed by North Korea, she referenced the case of Shin and having just met him.
“Shin Dong-hyuk isn’t just somebody who was sent to a concentration camp,” said CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who recently interviewedthe North Korean survivor. “This is somebody who was born into a concentration camp. And for the majority of his life up until he was probably 22 or 23, he had no idea that there was another kind of way to exist.”
Shin told Cooper the stunning story of how he escaped from Camp 14, a brutal political prison in North Korea.
Shin was made to watch his mother and brother executed. Having been born and raised within the camp’s perverted moral universe, he was the one who had informed on their plan to escape. Read more.
“UN Watch has decided to grant the Morris B. Abram Human Rights Award to Garry Kasparov for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in Russia,” said executive director Hillel Neuer. “Mr. Kasparov is not only one of the world’s smartest men, he is also among its bravest.”