July 14, 2010 11:07
Suzanne Scholte, the president of the conservative Defense Forum Foundation of the U.S., has been named the winner of the Walter Judd Freedom Award. The prize will be presented by The Fund for American Studies, a U.S. non-governmental organization, on July 20.
Named in honor of the late U.S. congressman Walter Henry Judd, the annual award is given to individuals who advance the cause of freedom in the U.S. and around the globe. Past recipients include the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Heritage Foundation President Dr. Edwin Feulner, and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Scholte said that she is honored to receive the award and hopes that her winning will raise awareness of North Korea's human rights problems as well as its nuclear programs and political situation.
The campaigner began efforts to improve the rights of North Koreans in 1996. As the head of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, she has been working to draw global attention to the issue. She also won the Seoul Peace Prize in 2008.
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