North Korean Human Rights After the Six Party Talks
Recorded on April 19, 2007
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.