A pint-sized woman has made a huge impact in the nuclear powered country with one of the largest armies. As a matter of fact, they are actually quite threatened by her. After her appearance to the world in which Yeonmi Park has shared her story about what she has went through in North Korea, they have looked for ways to discredit everything that she has said. In this case, they have released a video that has been made with the effort to prove that what Yeonmi has said is wrong. Among the people that were used in this project were some of Yeonmi’s aunts and uncles?
The video that was released was given the title The Human Rights Propaganda Puppet. This one denounced the defector and all that she had to say about the country. This has been a part of the smear campaign that was meant to keep Yeonmi in silence. Yeonmi has proven to be quite outspoken about her criticism on the regime that is both secretive and repressive. However, what Yeonmi has revealed has been rather suspected given the history of the regime. There have always been reports on the dictators of the North Korean regime.
It is important to know that what Yeonmi is facing is nothing new. There have always been attempts to discredit and silence the defectors that speak out on their experiences in North Korea. There are some cases that a defector is actually threatened. There are also cases that there are attempts to act out on the threats. Park Sang-hak was one of those people that have been targeted by North Korea. They have sent a hitman towards him with a poison-needle in South Korea in an attempt to kill him. One defector was even gunned down back in 1997. This defector was the nephew of one of Kim Jong-il’s mistresses.
Discrediting and silencing witnesses and defectors is a growing industry in North Korea. Ever since a UN report documented the crimes against humanity that took place in North Korea, there have been smear campaigns and threats that are sent out towards people who have spoken out. However, due to the findings of UN from over 300 defectors, North Korea’s attempt to bring about a discredit have proven to be a failure. It is to be expected, the defectors with the most powerful stories are going to be targeted as a means to be discredited.
While Yeonmi Park did not testify to the UN, she did appear on YouTube and get a lot of attention. She was dressed in a way that gained attention due to how she appeared in the style of a porcelain doll. She wore a traditional flowing pink hanbok. During her speech, Yeonmi has kept her composure even though she struggled at some parts of her story. Many people were in tears including Yeonmi herself as she recounted her story to millions of people at the event and viewers on YouTube. Her video became viral shortly after she was done.