Lord Alton: BBC World Service and North Korea

As Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, I welcome today’s announcement by the BBC of a Korean-language World Service. The announcement follows many years of work by the APPG and others, and we congratulate the BBC and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on making the correct decision for the people of North …

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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 …

Fiona Bruce MP Welcomes BBC Proposal to Broadcast into North Korea

Fiona Bruce MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, has today welcomed the announcement by the BBC to set up a daily broadcasting programme into North Korea. Fiona Bruce MP said “This is a hugely positive development, and follows lengthy campaigning by Members of Parliament and others, and it is heartening that …

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 …

DfID and BBC Media Action funding for North Korea

Lord Alton, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, has asked the UK Government: "how much funding has been provided to BBC Media Action by the Department for International Development; whether the criteria for funding allocation include consideration of projects in closed countries with least access to news; and how much has been allocated …

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 …

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 …