Update: Change of Venue for 2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights

Owing to the pre-election parliamentary recess, the 2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights has changed venues. The Symposium will now take place at Central Hall Westminster (not the Houses of Parliament) from 10:00-18:00 on 18th May 2017.

Methodist Central Hall
Central Hall Westminster [credit: Chris Chabot]
Located directly opposite Westminster Abbey, Central Hall Westminster is a short walk from two underground stations: Westminster (exit 6) or St. James’s Park (exit Broadway) and a 10 minute walk from Victoria train station, a 15 minute walk from Charing Cross train station and a 20 minute walk from Waterloo train station.

The address for Central Hall Westminster is: Storey’s Gate, London, UK, SW1H 9NH. Please proceed directly to the Aldersgate Room.

 

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2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights

2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights

On May 18th 2017, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea will co-host the 2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights at Central Hall Westminster (not the Houses of Parliament).

Due to the upcoming UK general election, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea will not be active from 3rd May 2017 to 8th June 2017. It has, therefore, handed over its duties concerning the conference to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea.

The conference will bring together politicians, policymakers, civil society representatives, North Korean exiles, scholars, and members of the public to discuss three themes:

1). The role of information inflows and outflows for North Korea;

2). Children’s rights in North Korea with a focus on the UN human rights protection mechanisms; and

3). Strategies for accountability for crimes against humanity.

Hosts

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (Republic of Korea) is an independent organization working to contribute to an improvement of North Korean human rights through monitoring and promoting the execution of international human rights standards. NHRCK has been holding annual international symposia on North Korea since 2004 to inform the international community about the severity of the human rights situation and to encourage discussion of practical solutions and the roles of related actors in the improvement of North Korean human rights.

The European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea is a UK-based NGO which raises awareness of ongoing human rights violations in North Korea and empowers North Korean people, inside and outside of their country, by providing a platform for their voices and a means for their agency. EAHRNK was established in 2013 by a group of human rights advocates, scholars, and North Korean exiles.

Registration

Registration is required for all who wish to attend the 2017 symposium. To register, please email events@eahrnk.org and include your name and relevant institutional affiliation by 14th May 2017. Attendance is free of charge and lunch will be provided to attendees.

Date, Time, and Location

The 2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights will take place from 10:00-17:30 on 18th May 2017 at Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, UK, SW1H 9NH. Please proceed directly to the Aldersgate Room.

Central Hall Westminster is a short walk from two underground stations: Westminster (exit 6) or St. James’s Park (exit Broadway).

Underground: https://tfl.gov.uk/
Train services: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Airport – City Airport as the closest easy access from Gatwick and Heathrow by train or taxi.

Train stations – Victoria (10 mins walk), Charing Cross (15 mins walk) and Waterloo (20 mins walk).

Speakers

10:00-10:30: Tea & Coffee

10:30-11:00: Opening Ceremony
– Moderator: James Burt, Director of Research, EAHRNK
– Opening remarks: Sung-ho Lee, Chairperson, NHRCK
– Keynote speech: The Baroness Smith of Newnham

11:10-12:50: Session 1: Inflow and outflows of information and North Korean human rights
– Moderator: Alistair Coleman, BBC Monitoring
– Panel:
Broadcast Consultant
North Korean exile
Wee-soo Han, Chair of special sub-committee for North Korean Human Rights, NHRCK
Jieun Baek, Author of North Korea’s Hidden Revolution
Andrew Puddephatt, Executive Chairman, Global Partners Digital

12:50-13:40: Lunch

13:40-15:20: Session 2: Protecting and promoting children’s rights in North Korea with a focus on the UN human rights protection mechanisms
– Moderator: The Baroness Cox
– Panel:
Michael Glendinning, Director, EAHRNK
Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC, Queen Mary University of London
Sang-don Shim, Director of Human Rights Policy and Education Bureau, NHRCK
Jihyun Park, North Korean exile

15:20-15:45: Coffee Break

15:45-17:25: Session 3: Strategies for Accountability for Crimes against Humanity in North Korea
– Panel:
James Burt, Director of Research, EAHRNK
Jo Baker
Tom MacManus, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London
Mark Tokola, Vice President, Korea Economic Institute
North Korean exile

17:25: Closing Speech: Jihyun Park, North Korean exile

APPG Conference: Programme and Speakers Announced

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea is pleased to announce the programme for its upcoming conference, titled Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls in the DPRK.

The conference is now fully-booked, but if you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please email: jamesburtappg@gmail.com

POSTER _ Addressing VAWG in the DPRK (web)

MORNING _ Addressing VAWG in the DPRK

APPG Conference: Announcment

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea is delighted to announce that the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) will be one of our partners for the London 2016 Conference, ‘Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’.

ICNK is a coalition of over forty organisations from around the world and was created with the goal of establishing a United Nations Commission of Inquiry to investigate possible crimes against humanity in North Korea.

ICNK-logo

From its Secretariat in Seoul, ICNK holds hearings for North Korean refugees and victims, exhibitions, and other public awareness-raising events. ICNK member organisations collaborate on various campaigns, such as the sending of letters and petitions to UN bodies and directly to the leaders of North Korea. ICNK also works to keep the public informed by issuing reports on the human rights situation in North Korea.

For more information on ICNK, please visit their website or contact Eunkyoung Kwon.

Within the UK, ICNK’s Member Organisation is Christian Solidarity Worldwide, who can be contacted here.

APPG 2016 Conference Announced

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea is pleased to announce its London 2016 Conference will take place on February 22nd 2016. Titled ‘Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea‘, the day-long conference will be held at the Houses of Parliament.

Chaired by the Rt. Hon Fiona Bruce, MP; the Rt. Hon Prof. the Lord Alton of Liverpool; and the Rt. Hon Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, the conference will address the entrenched and extreme violations of women’s rights in the DPRK.

A 2014 Report of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea laid bare an appalling human rights landscape that shocked the conscience of the world. Evidence of the extraordinarily prevalent sexual and gender-based violence committed against women, which was largely pursuant to state policy, is an issue that demands urgent attention. International scrutiny on women’s rights is permanently critical, but no more so than in the case of the DPRK.

The objective of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea in convening this conference is to assemble a wide range of experts in their respective fields, including those with little experience or knowledge of the DPRK, for a dialogue on how North Korea’s women can be better protected by the international community.

Registration: If you wish to attend the conference, please express your interest in an email to James Burt, Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea (jamesburtappg@gmail.com) by January 27th 2016. We will confirm your attendance via the email provided and supply you with the relevant information for the day in an attendee pack.

Link: Conference Description