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The event, held in October 2015 in collaboration with the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights, attracted unprecedented attention as it saw over 6000 people indicating interest to attend it. And as if that were not enough to ramp up the anticipation, tickets were sold out in a matter of minutes once they were made available. Moreover, not only did the event garner the interests of students, but it also caught the attention of people back home as KBS, the premier news network of South Korea, covered the talk on its primetime morning show. The video can be found at the following link: http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=3166547.

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This event was the opportunity to learn about, discuss and ask questions about the severe violation of human rights in North Korea and North Korean refugee issues. We invited Hyeonseo Lee, to talk about her story of survival, resilience and hope as a North Korean defector and refugee. Having delivered a testimony at the UN Security Council and a speech on the main stage of TED previously, she revealed her personal experiences and addressed the broader issues facing refugees and defectors around the world. Her memoir, ‘The Girl with Seven Names – A North Korean Defector’s Story’, was published in July 2015 in more than 20 countries, and has since appeared in publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.