Mr. PITTS. Madam Speaker, last week, the Congressional Human Rights Commission met with defectors from North Korea and we heard firsthand how the people of North Korea continue to suffer terribly at the hands of the cruel dictatorship there.
It is vital that the international community and the United States take more specific, deliberate action aimed at helping the suffering people of North Korea. There are numerous reports of the suffering going on inside North Korea; prison camps, severe torture, slave labor, forced abortions, and almost certain death for those who have tried to escape and have been forced to return.
The U.S. Congress passed the North Korea Human Rights Act to provide a stronger foundation for the U.S. to help the North Korean people. Unfortunately, that act has not been implemented to the fullest extent possible.
The North Korean people need to hear the message that they are not alone, that they are not forgotten, and that there are many in the United States and around the world who deeply care about their plight and are working to help them.
We look forward to the day when we can visit a free North Korea and see the people living with human rights and dignity.