A one-day conference at the Center for Korean Studies on Thursday, April 14, 2016, will delve into North Korean human rights issues and some South Korean responses. The conference, titled “North Korean Human Rights, South Korea’s Defector Aid Programs, and the Future of the Korean Peninsula,” will take place in the Center’s auditorium from 12:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
As a result of recent security threats and tensions between the two Koreas, North Korea has drawn international attention. As one of the most repressive countries in the world, with more than twenty thousand defectors, North Korea’s human rights crisis has become a focus of the United Nations and many other institutions. This conference is intended to provide a forum for discussion of the challenging conditions in North Korea, South Korea’s programs to accommodate defectors from the North, and the future of the two Koreas.
The conference was organized by two Center for Korean studies faculty members: Prof. Tae‐Ung Baik of the William S. Richardson School of Law and Prof. Young‐a Park of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies. Baik and Park will be joined by five other scholars and practitioners: Jae-Hee Cho of the Center for North Korean Migrants and the Daegu Hana Center; Young-Chul Heo of Empathy SEEDS; Joanna Hosaniak of the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights; Jane Kim of the Center for North Korean Migrants and the Daegu Hana Center; and Yeo-sang Yoon of the North Korean Human Rights Archives.
The participants’ presentations will cover topics such as victims’ accounts of North Korean human-rights violations; women’s rights in North Korea; South Korean government policy toward defectors from the North; and programs aimed at social inclusion of North Korean defectors.
The complete conference schedule, with a list of the presentations and information about the speakers, can be found here.
The conference is free and open to the public. For further information, including information regarding access for the handicapped, telephone the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041.
Support for the conference is furnished by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2015-OLU-2250005).