|High-Profile Activist To Release First Full-Length Album For Charity|
Robert Park, a high-profile activist and minister who was tortured by the North Korean regime in 2009-2010 will be releasing his first full-length album before the end of this year. Park made world headlines when he crossed illegally into North Korea in 2009 as a protest calling for an immediate end to well-documented mass atrocities taking place in the country’s prison camps; where up to 250,000 innocents, one-third of whom are children, are currently being forced to do slave labour on starvation rations and political prisoners are systematically tortured, raped and executed. In some twenty articles published over the last year in major newspapers, business and academic journals around the world, he has successfully elevated the conscience of the international community to recognize what is taking place there as genocide as defined by Raphael Lemkin’s 1948 UN Genocide Convention.
Park is an ordained minister who for over a decade has been committed to serving those who have been victims of injustice through direct action, and has been inspired by the example and selflessness of several great women and men in history such as Anna Akhmatova, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jan Karski, Martin Luther King, Patrice Lumumba, Oscar Romero, Hannah Senesh, Desmond Tutu, Raoul Wallenberg, and Simone Weil.
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