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North Korea's Human Rights Abuses: The Crimes of a Belligerent State

What Conference
When Mar 27, 2017
from 10:00 am to 03:40 pm
Where AEI, Auditorium 1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036
Contact Name Cecilia Joy Perez
Contact Email Cecilia.joyperez@aei.org
Contact Phone 202-862-7190
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The American Enterprise Institute will host a conference on the human rights situation in North Korea.

Pyongyang is the world’s worst human rights violator, and yet, the Kim regime’s behavior at home cannot be dismissed as an isolated threat far from America’s shores, as North Korea’s latest atrocities abroad — overseas assassinations, rocket launches, and nuclear threats — demonstrate. For US policy, defending human rights in North Korea is not only a moral imperative but also an essential element to reducing the danger the regime poses to the world.

Please join AEI, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and the Yonsei Center for Human Liberty on March 27 — the third anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s endorsement of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights report on North Korea — for an expert update on the human rights situation in North Korea and a discussion of how Washington and its allies in the region can seek to improve it.

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Agenda

9:45 AM Registration

10:00 AM Introductions

Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI

Jung-Hoon Lee, Republic of Korea ambassador for North Korean human rights

Greg Scarlatoiu, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

10:30 AM Panel I: North Korea today: Belligerence and human rights denial

Participants:

Joanna Hosaniak, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights

Robert King, former US special envoy on North Korean human rights

Yeo Sang Yoon, Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

Greg Scarlatoiu, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

Moderator:

Jung-Hoon Lee, Republic of Korea ambassador for North Korean human rights

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Luncheon keynote

Virginia Bennett, US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

1:00 PM Luncheon conversation

Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI

Michael Kirby, former justice of the High Court of Australia

1:50 PM Panel II: Tackling the North Korean conundrum

Panelists:

Taehyo Kim, Sungkyunkwan University

Sung Han Kim, former Republic of Korea vice minister of foreign affairs

David Maxwell, Georgetown University; Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

William Newcomb, 38 North

Joshua Stanton, One Free Korea

Moderator:

Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI

3:20 PM Closing remarks

H. E. Ahn Ho-Young, Republic of Korea ambassador to the United States

3:35 PM Closing statements

Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI

Jung-Hoon Lee, Republic of Korea ambassador for North Korean human rights

Greg Scarlatoiu, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

3:40 PM Adjournment

 

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