Conference on North Korean Human Rights and South Korean Aid Programs

North Korean human rights conference imageA 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).