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.

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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.

 

2017 International Symposium on North Korean Human Rights

On May 18th 2017, the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, 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). Located directly opposite Westminster Abbey, this historic venue’s opulent round dome can be seen from Parliament Square and Westminster Bridge.

The conference will bring together up to 140 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.

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.

Further information can be found at the conference page here.

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.

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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