Process and Meaning of Activities for Revealing Historical Truth of No Gun Ri Massacre Occurred during the Korean War and Restoration of
Human Rights and Peace
The 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace
Title: Process and Meaning of Activities for Revealing Historical Truth of No Gun Ri Massacre Occurred during the Korean War and Restoration of Human Rights and Peace
Author: Chung Koodo, Chairman, No Gun Ri International Peace Foundation, Korea
Abstract: ‘No Gun Ri Massacre’ refers to a civilian killing case where the US soldiers who participated in the Korean War to help Korea massacred about 400 refugees in the vicinity of Nogun-ri during the early days of the Korean War. The US calls itself as a police country and, since its participation in the First World War, has been involved in many wars of the world including the ongoing war in Afghanistan. With its involvement in many wars, however, various sizes of civilian killing cases continuously took place. Unfortunately, any incumbent US President has never made an official statement of regret for the victims of these killing cases except for the victims of the No Gun Ri Massacre. The victims of the No Gun Ri Massacre spent more than 50 years to do various activities to reveal the truth of the massacre and to make the No Gun Ri Massacre to be remembered by people in Korea and the world, and also to enhance the value of human rights and peace. In this paper, I’d like to review how the No Gun Ri Massacre became to teach a lesson, the importance of human rights and peace to the public.