Yeonmi Park Reveals Her Story Of Abuse On Her Journey To Freedom

The government of North Korea has recently been taking aim with a propaganda campaign against 22 year old Yeonmi Park, who has become one of the most outspoken campaigners against the Communist regime. In a reason.com article the story of Yeonmi Park has been told with details of her journey from North Korea to freedom in South Korea, which took her from escape in 2007 to her arrival in South Korea in 2009.

The story of the escape of Yeonmi Park from North Korea begins with her father looking to provide food for his family, which despite his high ranking government role he was struggling to do. After selling goods via the black market to pay for food the patriarch of the family was sentenced to hard labor in a North Korean jail, which would be the first stage in the family looking for escape.

Park, her mother, and sister were the first members of the family to head for freedom under the supposed protection of people smugglers they linked up with after crossing the freezing waters between North Korea and China. The family faced tremendous hardships at the hands of the smugglers and would later find themselves facing issues like starvation and thoughts of suicide a constant issue.

After arriving in South Korea after an almost two year journey to South Korea Yeonmi park decided to reveal the truth about her time living under the Communist regime, and the details of her journey. Park completed a memoir “In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom”, which has led to her appearing in many different forms of media and at major public events. Yeonmi Park stated on Reason,com she has refused to be silenced by a campaign against her by North Korean officials, and continues to work to raise the awareness of the problems facing those living under the regime; the plight of refugees seeking to escape closed societies has become a major cause for Park, who wishes to make sure her voice is heard as the many issues of these problems remain a topic for discussion.

 

 

Yeonmi Park Exposes Harsh Life in North Korea

Yeonmi Park, an author and a defector from North Korea, recalls her childhood in this impoverished nation of 25 million people. The whole population lives in fear and some citizens are tortured, or even killed, often for no good reason.

The current dictator, Kim Jong-Un, inherited the country after his equally brutal father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn was the son of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-Sung. How far Kim Jong-Un is willing to go? It looks like he’s willing to go as far as he likes, which had been seen in a recent execution of his own uncle.

The Army generals also get executed if Kim Jong-Un doesn’t like them according to NK News. He even executed a singer because he got bored of her. This 33-year-old has been educated in Switzerland, yet acts as a Middle Ages tyrant.

Yeonmi Park was able to escape from North Korea with her mother when it was ruled by current leader’s father, Kim Jong-Il. She recalls on The Reason TV seeing the pictures of the “Supreme Leader” everywhere. These were as common as seeing people starving and dying on the street. It came to the point that she even thought that he could be in her own head, hearing her thoughts- such was the fear of the beasty tyrant.

Yeonmi’s father was sentenced to 17 years in a labor camp for smuggling metal in order to feed his family. While Yeonmi and her mom escaped her father never made it- instead he died of untreated cancer.

Currently, the 23-year-old Yeonmi Park of the Youngvoicesadvocates has been working on exposing the brutality of the North Korea regime. She recently published a book called “In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.” It tells her story of life in her impoverished and terrorized homeland, and of her escape.

 

 

 

 

Why the Roles of Compliance Officers Need To Be Reinvented

As each day passes, there is an increase in numbers of compliance officers. However, the increases have not reduced the incidents of corporate scandals and fraud. I believe this is because the necessary measures of educating the officers on what to do in such cases have not been stipulated. A recent report from Sterling Management, a management-consulting firm in Los Angeles shows that there is an explanation for increase in unethical behaviors. CEO Kevin Wilson states that ethics officers are not given the appropriate authority, power and knowledge on controlling the issues before they get out of hand. Such positions lack the critical training gaps and there is limited freedom for officers to face the challenges.

Another factor that contributes to the increase in fraud cases is the salary allocated to ethics officer. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the median yearly salary of compliance officers was $64,340. In the case of the Volkswagen emissions software scandal, I believe that there may have been a possibility that the compliance officers may have not discovered the illegal software problem on time. However, if an officer had discovered the problem, it is unlikely that the officer would establish authority over the practices of executives who are making around 50 times more in bonuses alone. Officers are programmed to fail as long as there is lack of proper skill set.

I believe that compliance officers are tasked with maintaining the highest levels of acquiescence in a given corporation. The rigorous job has to be accorded the value it deserves and ethic officers need to improve their governance power and effectiveness. Companies need to consider the position as one that deserves independence and a single focus. I have noticed that a number of chief compliance officers hold more than one position in a company. This way, they are unable to be actively involved in their functions.

Helane Morrison is the managing director, chief compliance officer and counsel at Hall Capital Partners. Helane has been with the firm since 2007. Prior to her current position, she headed the Securities Exchange Commission office in San Francisco. She has worked in different positions at the Securities Exchange Commission from 1996 until her departure in 2007.

Morrison graduated with a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Helane also attended Northwestern University where she earned her degree in Journalism. She has worked as a law clerk for both Harry Blackmun, the Supreme Court Justice and Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Learn more about Helane on her Crunchbase profile.

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