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Apr 19

North Korean Human Rights After the Six Party Talks

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
North Korea has been cited as one of the world's worst offenders of human rights.  The United States implemented the North Korean Human Rights Act in 2004 to promote human rights and increase transparency in humanitarian assistance inside North Korea.  The resumption of Six Party Talks nuclear negotiations has highlighted the policy nexus between North Korean denuclearization and progress in Pyongyang's human rights record.  Questions have arisen over the extent to which human rights should play in the Six Party Talks and whether U.S. normalization of diplomatic relations with North Korea and its removal from the list of state-sponsors of terrorism list will be contingent on progress in human rights.

Jay Lefkowitz, appointed by President George W. Bush as Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights, will address U.S. strategy to improve North Korea's human rights record and its impact on the Six Party Talks.  Mr. Lefkowitz previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and General Counsel in the Office of Management and Budget.  He has also served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.

More About the Speakers

Jay Lefkowitz
Special Envoy,
Human Rights in North Korea

Hosted By

Bruce Klingner Bruce Klingner

Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia Read More