The UN Commission of Inquiry issued a damning condemnation of the North Korea government for “systemic, widespread, and gross violations of human rights” of such a monumental scale as to constitute crimes against humanity. The panel recommended follow-on actions for those responsible, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to be held accountable.
UN Commission Chairman Michael Kirby implored, “Now is a time for action. We can’t say we didn’t know. The suffering and tears of the people of North Korea demand action.”
With China characteristically blocking UN action, what can be done to address human rights violations and improve conditions for the North Korean people? Join us as distinguished panel of human rights experts discuss potential follow-on actions. What can the United States government do to overcome the UN stalemate as well as outside the UN Security Council? What can businesses and non-government organizations do on their own to influence North Korean human rights?
More About the Speakers
Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia