Event: The Indoctrination of Children and Incitement to Hate

A North Korean human rights activist and escapee, with direct experience of indoctrination, will speak about the indoctrination of children and incitement to hate in North Korean schools. The meeting will take place at 16:00 in Committee Room 4, the Houses of Parliament, on Wednesday March 22nd.

Attendance is free and open to the public. The Houses of Parliament can be accessed via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance.

APPG Event: A Talk With Sungju Lee – North Korean Refugee and UK Chevening Scholar

Organised by the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea and hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, you are invited to attend an event titled ‘A Talk With Sungju Lee: North Korean Refugee and UK Chevening Scholar’.

Sungju LeeSungju Lee is a North Korean refugee who originally hailed from Pyongyang. Sungju escaped North Korea in 2002 and resettled in South Korea 2003. He went on to study Political Science and Journalism in Sogang University, has interned for Conservative MP Barry Devolin in the Canadian Parliament, and is currently studying in the UK on a Chevening Scholarship.

Sungju and his family lived in Pyongyang where his father was an official in Kim Il Sung’s personal military guard. But when Sungju was ten years of age, Kim Jong Il dismissed the military guard and Sungju’s family moved to the rural north-east of the country. Experiencing unfathomable levels of poverty and food deprivation, Sungju’s parents escaped to China in order to find food. Left alone, Sungju joined a group of teenage boys who would steal and beg for survival. Eventually, Sungju’s father was able to pay for his son to be smuggled across the China-DPRK border and on to freedom in South Korea.

More information on the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea can be found at their website.

The event will take place at 17:00 on Monday 1st February in Committee Room 17, the Houses of Parliament.
Attendance is free and open to the public. The Houses of Parliament can be accessed via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance.

APPG North Korea Event

What Next for North Korean Human Rights?

Open Meeting – Tuesday 24th March, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in Committee Room 8, the Houses of Parliament.

A year on from the publication of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry and following the United Nations Human Rights Council discussions on human rights in North Korea, what has been achieved and what more can we do?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea invites you to attend a discussion on this issue on Tuesday 24th March at 17:00 in Committee Room 8, the Houses of Parliament. The discussants will be Young-il Kim, Founder of PSCORE, and Joo-il Kim, Free NK.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Houses of Parliament can be accessed via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance. Contact: jamesburtappg@gmail.com

APPG North Korea Event

The Role of North Korean Refugee Women in Peace-Building

Open Meeting – Wednesday 14th January, 17:30-19:00pm, Committee Room 15, the Houses of Parliament

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea will be hosting a meeting on the role of North Korean refugee women in peace-building on Wednesday 14th January at 17:30pm. The speakers will be Jiyoung Kang, a North Korean refugee living in the UK; Jihyun Park, North Korean Outreach & Project Coordinator at the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea; and Betsy Kawamura, founder of Women4NonViolence in Peace and Conflict Zones.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Houses of Parliament can be accessed via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance. Contact: jamesburtappg@gmail.com

APPG North Korea Event

North Korea Freedom Week

Open Meeting – Thursday 11th December, 3:00pm in Committee Room 11, the Houses of Parliament

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea will be hosting the International North Koreans’ Association for Human Rights & Democracy in December for the annual North Korea Freedom Week. The two topics for discussion will be: ‘How can the United Kingdom help to create freedom of expression within the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea?’; and ‘Voice of defectors to aid the United Kingdom’s policy of supporting disabled people in North Korea’.

The speakers will include:

  • Mr. Lee Min-bok: a North Korean refugee who lives in South Korea and leads the activities of sending flyers and leaflets into North Korea.
  • Mr. Ji Seong-ho: a disabled North Korean refugee who testified before the United Nations Commission of Inquiry.
  • Mr. Joo-il Kim: a North Korean refugee living in the UK and the General Secretary of the North Korean Residents Society in Europe.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Houses of Parliament can be accessed via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance. Contact: jamesburtappg@gmail.com

APPG North Korea Event

Can We Engage North Korea with Diplomacy and Soft Power?

Open Meeting – Wednesday 19th November, 5:00 pm in Committee Room 2A, the Houses of Parliament

Is diplomacy and soft power effective in altering the behaviour of the DPRK Government? Should future policies focus on a bottom-up (non-state led) approach or continue to engage with the North Korean Government? Is the outside world engaging the right actors in the DPRK? And, are state-led engagement projects that try to improve human rights in the DPRK possible?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea invites you to attend a discussion on these issues on Wednesday 19th November at 17:00 in Committee Room 2A, the Houses of Parliament. The discussants will be Dr. Adam Cathcart, Lecturer in Chinese History at the University of Leeds and Editor-in-Chief of SinoNK.com, and Dr. Remco Breuker, Professor of Korean Studies at Leiden University.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Houses of Parliament can be accessed via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance. Contact: jamesburtappg@gmail.com

Questions Raised on UK Parts in North Korean Weapons Following APPG Event

Following evidence presented to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea during a recent event, ‘North Korea’s Weapons Programmes, Sanctions Evasion and the Response of the International Community’, Fiona Bruce MP and Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP asked the UK Government what steps it had taken to ensure that UK manufacturing products were not used as components in North Korean weapons.

In response, the UK Government acknowledged the findings of the UN DPRK Panel of Experts’ 2014 Final Report, which highlighted UK-origin parts used in North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket, but claimed that such parts did “not contravene UN sanctions, MTCR control listings or UK trade restrictions and were not sold directly to the DPRK or its entities”.

The government added that all export licence applications are “assessed against the consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria” and that a “licence would not be granted if to do so would be a breach of our international obligations or we assessed there was an unacceptable risk of diversion to a WMD programme or to a military programme in an embargoed destination”.