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Yeonmi Park: Inspiring Human Rights Activists across the World

Human rights activists are people who choose to support and promote the recognized human freedoms and rights. They do this by themselves or with the help of other people or organizations. Their core responsibility lies in highlighting vices that disturb or harm the day to day lives of people. This ranges from corruption, wrongful detentions to extra judicial murders. It can also include gagging the media which is the most important channel of expression in any country. Much of these acts are committed by the authorities or prominent people. The activists aim at bringing equality within society and promoting good governance.
Many of the human rights activities have suffered and others died due to their stand on issues. Others have been imprisoned without trial for many years, especially those living in countries led by dictatorial regimes. However, this has not killed the spirit of activism. Many still offer their opinions and stand on issues at heart to the ordinary people. With the declaration of the human rights defenders of 1998 by the United Nations, many activists have been accorded protection. Although a number of countries do not comply with it.
The geographical location of where the activists are does not matter when it comes to making their voices heard. There are those who champion the course of the local area people and those that do it at the national and international level. A good number gain recognition beyond their borders without knowing it. This is because a lot of countries face similar challenges and the activists inspire each other. That’s how their work spreads across continents and countries. One such activist who has done that is Yeonmi Park.
Yeonmi Park on nknew.org  is a 21 year old human rights activist and North Korean Defector. She has become the face of the oppressed quickly and an inspiration to many. She loves freedom and for this reason she has been admired by many. In 2014 she was featured as a speaker at the Oslo Freedom Forum. She was also featured at The Young World Summit in Dublin. At Dublin, Yeonmi delivered a passionate speech about the cruel nature of the North Korean regime becoming an international phenomenon. She has always felt like she had been forgotten. That is why she is determined to make the world not to forget the North Korean People who are going through difficult times and dying every day.
Yeonmi Park was born in North Korea region of Heysen in 1993 to parents who were civil servants. Her father was imprisoned and sentenced to 17 years of hard labor where he became so ill as a result. Yeonmi, her sister and mother escaped North Korea with the help of Chinese Smugglers. The father was left behind due to poor health. The journey was tough having to swim through a cold river during winter. Presently, Yeonmi lives in South Korea but travels around the world to give talks. She is also an author.