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 …

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UK Government Asked Questions on Genocide and Broadcasting in DPRK

Jim Dobbin MP, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, received written responses to two questions concerning the UK Government's response to allegations of genocide in the DPRK and UNCOI Recommendation 1224, which calls for states to aid efforts to broadcast information to North Koreans.In his first question, Jim Dobbin MP raised the findings of …

UK Government to Keep UNSC Resolution “under review”

In a written response from Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Minister confirmed that the UK Government will "keep the prospect of a UNSC Resolution under review", whilst pursuing active dialogue at an upcoming  UN General Assembly session and "a strong DPRK resolution, strongly …

Debate on Recommendation 1225 H and the Formation of a Human Rights Contact Group

Lord Alton, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, received a written response from Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to a question regarding the actions of the UK Government concerning Recommendation 1225 (h) of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry: Recommendation 1225 (h): States that have historically …

Fiona Bruce MP Raises Issues of North Korean Labour and Broadcasting with UK Government

Fiona Bruce MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, raised four questions with the the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on matters of concern in the DPRK; namely: What steps the UK has taken to implement the recommendations on supporting the broadcasting of accessible information into the DPRK (UN COI, Rec. 1224). …

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 …

Fiona Bruce MP and Benedict Rogers: What to do now about the most closed country in the world

Fiona Bruce MP, Vice Chair of the APPG NK, and Benedict Rogers of Christian Solidarity Worldwide have co-authored an article for ConservativeHome.com on the challenges and options that Britain faces in its attempts to bring reform to the DPRK. Listing four key recommendations for government policy - namely, a referral of the DPRK to the International Criminal Court; support for a BBC …