Letter to North Korean Writers
from the North Korean Writers in Exile PEN Center
My beloved writers in North Korea,
Today, we held a special seminar in Seoul in the south of our divied country for the improvement of the human rights of imprisoned North Koreanwr iters. I always think about you who are entirely deprived of freedom of express ionand have to pretend you see and hear nothing under the hereditary dictatorsh ipof the Kim family. Today, Marian Botsford Fraser, Chair of the Writers in PrisonCo mmittee of PEN International, Job Degenaar, Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of Netherlands PEN, and members of Korean Pen Center and the North Korean Writers in Exile PEN Center gathered together to discuss the way to improve the reality in North Korea that writers are oppressed and freedom of expressi onis trampled.
We, exiled North Korean writers, know how painful it is to wr itein praise of the dictator against your will from our very own experience. Now,we will write for you. We will write for you, about what you would really want to wr itedeep in your hear t and what you would want to tell the world.
We exiled North Korean writers who achieved freedom by escapin gfrom the North still do not have much power, but we have on our side ot herwriters in South Korea and writers of PEN International around the world. We will together do anything possible for you to have freedom of expression and fort he imprisoned writers in the North.
However dark the night may be, the dawn is sure to come. Althou ghtoday’s reality in North Korea seems dismal, the new world will certain lycome. Until the day comes, both you on the inside and we on the outside need to work together to win back our lost writers.
with Best Regards,
all the members of North Korean Writers in Exile PEN Center