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US Missionary Robert Park to press charges against the DPRK for torture
By Dan Wooding
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -- US missionary and human rights activist Robert Park will press charges against the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) for extensive torture he suffered in flagrant violation of International Laws and Principles during his 43-day imprisonment in North Korea.
The missionary has since been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), continues to suffer frequent nightmares, flashbacks and has attempted suicide twice as a result of trauma incurred in North Korea.
Members of the USS Pueblo who were tortured in North Korea (1968) successfully sued the DPRK in US courts in 2009, with a federal judge awarding them $65 million in damages.
"Park is not interested in a financial settlement but in speaking out against the regime's mass atrocities and ongoing genocide, and has vowed to devote any money earned to funding anti-Pyongyang forces within North Korea and in China," said a source close to the case.
Genocide Watch, a Washington-based international nongovernmental organization that seeks to end genocide, said in a report last month that North Korea has "committed genocide and political mass killings," and is "a serial killer state."
On the Genocide Watch Board of Advisors is Samantha Power, senior director for multilateral affairs at the U.S. National Security Council and Park said he wants to meet with Power to discuss convincing national governments to invoke the "responsibility to protect."
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