Juyeon Rhee has been a Program Coordinator of Education and Exposure Programs at Nodutdol since 2002. She came to the United States from South Korea in 1989 "as an immigrant." She is also the Delegation coordinator for the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and End Militarism in Asia and the Pacific.
Juyeon Rhee "was blocked from boarding a plane at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on the morning of June 22 2017," as she was on her way to protest the U.S. THAAD missile defense system from South Korea.
Juyeon Rhee addressed the Workers World Party in 2013, where she claimed that a delegation goes to South Korea annually.
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development June 16, 2016;
- obligatory post-event photo! — with JT Takagi, Betsy Yoon, Juyeon Rhee, Meejin Richart, Sharon Chung, Cori Irene Hook, Haruki N. Eda and Sooyoung Lee.
July 2016: Blocked from Entering South Korea
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development July 27, 2016;
Statement of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea on the Park Geun-hye Government's Deportation of Its Members
On July 26, 2016, the South Korean government blocked the entry of two Korean American peace activists, Juyeon Rhee and Hyun Lee, into South Korea. The two are representatives of the U.S.-based Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. They had traveled to South Korea to participate in the annual Jeju Peace March as well as join protests against the recent U.S.-South Korean decision to deploy the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea.
After being detained by immigration officers at Incheon International Airport, Rhee and Lee were deported pursuant to Articles 11 and 12 of the Korea Immigration Control Act, which prohibits the entry of foreigners who, among other things, are "deemed likely to commit any act detrimental to national interests of the Republic of Korea or public safety."
- Rhee and Lee had traveled to South Korea numerous times in the past and encountered no barrier to entry. They have never broken any laws in South Korea, much less been deported in the past.
- The denial of their entry can only be seen as an attempt by the Park Geun-hye administration to block peace activists from internationalizing the growing opposition in South Korea against THAAD deployment. Since announcing its decision to collaborate with the U.S. military to deploy the missile system in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, the government has waged an aggressive campaign to crack down on all those who oppose the government's decision. President Park recently referred to those voicing opposition, many of whom are ordinary Seongju residents, as "subversive forces" and declared, "It's important to block subversive forces from all affairs, and we must be thorough in weeding them out."
June 2017: Blocked from Entering South Korea
The ANSWER Coalition is a member of the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and End Militarism in Asia and the Pacific. A press release issued July 24, 2017 describes a U.S. delegation "[C]alling for the removal of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system from South Korea, an end to the U.S.-South Korea War Games in exchange for a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, the replacement of the Korean War Armistice with a peace treaty, and the peaceful reunification of Korea, the delegation will share its message of solidarity with villagers of Seongju, Soseongri and Gimcheon where the THAAD interceptors are deployed, and with a broad spectrum of peace activists in Seoul."
- "Delegation coordinator Juyeon Rhee of the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and End Militarism in Asia and the Pacific was blocked from boarding a plane at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on the morning of June 22 . A protest campaign to demand that her travel ban be lifted is currently underway, with hundreds of organizations and individuals sending letters of protest to Moon Jae-In and the Blue House, including prominent peace activists like Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire; Academy Award-winning director, Oliver Stone; and American author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Alice Walker. To add your voice, see www.StopTHAAD.org.
- "The delegation is sponsored by the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and End Militarism in Asia and the Pacific and the Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation.
- "The delegation will be hosted in South Korea by the National People’s Action to Stop the Deployment of THAAD in South Korea (NPA), a coalition of 100 civil society organizations. The NPA was formed August 2016 (expanding an earlier formation) with the goal of achieving the repeal of the decision to deploy THAAD in South Korea.
- "The solidarity statement of the delegation, “No to THAAD in Korea, Yes to Peace through Dialogue,” has the support of over 270 individuals and nearly 90 organizations, including well-known U.S. peace activists and educators Noam Chomsky, MIT; Daniel Ellsberg, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Chris Hedges, author/activist; Gwyn Kirk, Women for Genuine Security; Oliver Stone, Academy Award-winning director; Cornel West, author/activist; and Ann Wright, former U.S. State Department official, Army colonel, and member of CODEPINK. The organizational endorsements are also worldwide, reflecting a recognition that peace in Korea serves not only local and regional but also global interests.
- "Returning to the United States on July 28, 2017, the delegates have pledged to build solidarity in the U.S. for the struggle against the stationing of THAAD in South Korea and the escalation of militarism in Asia. The delegates further call on peace-loving people in the United States and globally to join in this effort."
Workers World Party & International Action CenterWorkers World Party forum on the "DPRK Crisis."
Korea Policy Institute
Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific
Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific released a "Statement Opposing U.S.-South Korea Joint Military Exercises Key Resolve Foal Eagle" circa 2008;
Christine Ahn, Gretchen Alther, Rev. Levi Bautista, Jackie Cabasso, Herbert Docena, John Feffer, Bruce Gagnon, Joseph Gerson, Subrata Goshoroy, Mark Harrison, Christine Hong, Kyle Kajihiro, Peter Kuznick, Hyun Lee, Ramsay Liem, Andrew Lichterman, John Lindsay-Poland, Ngo Vinh Long, Stephen McNeil, Nguyet Nguyen, Satoko Norimatsu, Koohan Paik, Mike Prokosch, Juyeon Rhee, Arnie Sakai, Tim Shorrock, Alice Slater, David Vine, Sofia Wolman, Kevin Martin.
- Juyeon J.C. Rhee, accessed July 31 2017
- http://www.answercoalition.org/_official_press_release_u_s_peace_delegation_arrives_in_seoul_korea_to_unite_with_villagers_protesting_the_deployment_of_the_u_s_thaad_missile_defense_system_in_south_korea?utm_campaign=ANSWER%20Coalition&utm_campaign=news_07_28_2017&utm_medium=shared_article&utm_medium=email&utm_source=facebook&utm_source=answercoalition [OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE] U.S. Peace Delegation in Seoul, Korea, to Unite with Villagers Protesting the Deployment of the U.S. THAAD Missile Defense System, accessed July 30 2017
- KPI people, accessed march 31, 2013
- Opposing U.S.-South Korea Joint Military Exercises Key Resolve Foal Eagle