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Shin: As I travel throughout the world I meet a lot of different politicians, many leaders. Unfortunately I really haven’t been able to find a clear-cut answer from these people.
One of the things that I always do when I visit these cities—whether it’s L.A. or cities in Europe—is I try to find and visit any museums that are related to the Holocaust. The reason why I visit these museums is to try to find solutions to the North Korean human rights issue. Yesterday, I had the chance to visit again the U.S. Holocaust museum here in Washington, D.C. In one of the displays there was a huge banner and there was one question on the wall. And that question is something like: Why didn’t people bomb the railways that led to the Nazi prison camp?
That question pertains to what happened in the past, 60 years ago in during World War II. But my opinion is that that question still applies to what is going on as we speak. I believe the true answer or solution to that question lies with the world community at large.
I myself am not an expert enough to come up with an answer as to what the international community should do to address the human rights situation in North Korea.
reason: Are you optimistic about the possibility that the world might do something?
Shin: If we do not deal with this issue soon then the question that is raised on that wall in the Holocaust Museum will continue to be asked through history. If we work harder to find a solution then perhaps that question will be answered, as it applies to not only the North Korean human rights situation but to any other violations of human rights that occur in the world.