Soon Ok Lee spoke in Rockefeller Hall on her imprisonment in a North Korean jail for over five years. Amnesty International sponsored the event to show that while “most people think that the kinds of large systemic human rights violations that existed in the last… no longer exist, this isn’t true.” Lee was arrested in 1984 due to a false charge of state property embezzlement. She was subjected to torture and a show-trial before her imprisonment. After coming to the U.S., Lee published a book and began traveling throughout the country to speak on her experiences.