Baroness Cox: An assessment of the security and human rights challenges on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s recent nuclear test

The following speech was delivered in the House of Lords on January 21st 2016: My Lords, I warmly congratulate my noble friend on his tireless work on North Korea, and on opening this debate with characteristic comprehensiveness. I have had the privilege of travelling to DPRK with my noble friend three times, and of meeting …

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Lord Rowe-Beddoe: An assessment of the security and human rights challenges on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s recent nuclear test

The following speech was delivered in the House of Lords on January 21st 2016: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Alton for securing this short debate. The DPRK—the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—is in itself a name that would not qualify under any trade descriptions Act. It is not democratic; it does not …

Baroness Berridge: An assessment of the security and human rights challenges on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s recent nuclear test

The following speech was delivered in the House of Lords on January 21st 2016: My Lords, thankfully North Korea is the only closed country and I think this should give us hope, as many who grew up in or in the era of Eastern Europe and the USSR thought that freedom would never come, but …

Lord Alton: An assessment of the security and human rights challenges on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s recent nuclear test

The following speech was delivered in the House of Lords on January 21st 2016: My Lords, 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the division of the Korean peninsula. That division was the prelude to the 1950-53 war, which led to the deaths of about 3 million people, including 1,000 British servicemen. Throughout the intervening seven …

Grand Committee Debate on UNCOI and Human Rights in North Korea

A Grand Committee debate was held on Wednesday 23 July 2014 on the UK Government's response to the work of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea. Securing the debate on the UNCOI, Lord Alton, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, begun by reiterating the findings of the Commission: "The commission …

BBC World Service for North Korea Debated in the House of Lords

A prospective Korean-language radio service for North Korea has been discussed in a House of Lords debate on the role of the BBC World Service and the British Council in promoting British values and interests worldwide. Initiated by Lord Alton, the wide-ranging debate focused on the historical and contemporary role of the BBC World Service …

Lord Alton Questions UK Government Action on UNCOI Report

During a Queen's Speech debate in the House of Lords on the 11th June, Lord Alton, Co-Chair of the APPG NK, questioned the UK Government's actions concerning the findings laid out in the United Nations Commission of Inquiry. Lord Alton commented: "I have chaired the All-Party Group on North Korea for 10 years. Earlier this year, the United …