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High-Profile Activist To Release First Full-Length Album For Charity
Tucson, AZ - July 27, 2012 -- 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.
Over the last few years, Robert has composed several songs (over three albums worth) of extraordinary depth and universal value, in part to cope with the overwhelming trauma of what he has suffered. His songs have been favourably compared to the work of acclaimed singer-songwriters such as Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, and Tracy Chapman; but they spring from his own unique suffering and life experience and are of the highest poetic, artistic, and musical integrity. 14 remarkable demo recordings can be sampled at: www.robertparkofficial.com.
100% of his personal proceeds from this album will be donated to charity: one-third to North Koreans in crisis, one-third to humanitarian ministries led by Africans serving in Africa, and one-third to other charities serving people in need around the world.
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.
Media CD's are available upon request.
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Selected Articles by Robert Park:
"The forgotten genocide in North Korea" (April 20, 2011):
"North Korea and the Genocide Convention" (September 9, 2011)
"North Korea and the Genocide Movement" (September 27, 2011):
"Responsibility to Protect in North Korea" (November 9, 2011):
"Responsibility to Protect in North Korea" (December 7, 2011):
"Battling a system of starvation" (December 9, 2011):
"South Korea must act to save the lives of refugees from the North" (December 27, 2011): http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/
"Time to End North Korea Genocide" (February 2, 2012):
"North Korea: The World's Principal Violator of the Responsibility to Protect" (February 6, 2012): http://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/
"Genocide in North Korea (February 6, 2012):
"The case for genocide in North Korea" (February 8, 2012):
"Robert Park: North Korean refugees face slaughter when China repatriates them" (February 28, 2012):
"The Ongoing Human Rights Tragedy Occurring In North Korea" (June 14, 2012)