Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Improve efforts to release Kenneth Bae from North Korea
Kenneth Bae was born in South Korea and later immigrated to the United States, where he is now an American citizen. For the past seven years, he has lived in China, where he runs a tourism company that specializes in North Korea. A devout Christian and a father of three children, Bae was arrested by the North Korean government in November 2012 for committing a ‘serious crime’ and was sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor. Recently, he was sent to a hospital for poor health and in a recent press release, admitted that he committed a serious crime and is pleading for the Obama administration to do more for his release.
During the press release, Bae also admitted that North Korea does ‘not abuse human rights,’ but many countries know that is a bold-faced lie. He has also stated that the Obama administration is making his release complicated, with political leaders saying he has not committed any serious crime and is being held for no reason. North Korea charges Bae with overthrowing the government by setting up bases in China.
Bae’s case is a complicated one, as many experts believe North Korea is using him as a bargaining chip. With North Korea’s worsening economy, the nation hopes that by negotiating with the United States, they could stimulate trade. It is also highly likely that Bae’s confession was a false and forced one. Previous detainees have admitted to being forced to make false confessions so they could be released, and North Korea could be using this same tactic with Bae.
Despite saying that the United States might be complicating his situation, Bae is pleading for the Obama administration to increase their efforts in securing his release. Bae’s friends and family have already set up a website to promote his case, and hope that with enough support, North Korea will release him. You can help aid Bae by signing this petition and urging the President to increase his administration’s efforts for an early release.
Dear President Barack Obama,
I am writing this letter to urge your administration to increase your efforts in securing Kenneth Bae’s release from North Korea. For the past several years, he has lived in China, where he runs a tourism business that specializes in North Korea. On November 2012, he was arrested by the North Korean government for committing serious crimes and sentenced for fifteen years of hard labor.
Bae’s charges of overthrowing the government are not based on fact and more than likely is the nation’s way of targeting his business. While Bae has admitted in a recent press release that he has committed any serious crimes, nor has the nation of North Korea committed any human rights abuses, we know this is false. North Korea has divulged very little information regarding Bae’s crimes, and the entire world is very aware of the human rights abuses committed by the country. I am begging you to do more for his release, as he is an innocent American and should return home.
[Your Name Here]
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