Report: Sexual Violence in North Korea

To mark International Women's Day, the Korea Future Initiative has released a new report, Us Too: Sexual Violence Against North Korean Women and Girls. Fiona Bruce MP provided a Foreword for the report, which is reproduced below. Download the full report here: https://www.koreafuture.org/report/ustoo/ "This far-reaching report of sexual violence against North Korean women and girls maps a …

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Freeing North Korea: a readiness for responsibility

  This year has and will deliver continental-sized shifts in the global political landscape. New administrations in the United States and the Republic of Korea, major changes to China’s Politburo Standing Committee, and ongoing political flux across Europe will reposition our known political compass points. But one of the biggest changes looks likely to come …

North Korean Diplomats: personae non gratae

Once again, the international community finds itself asking a perennial question: What to do about North Korea? A chain of events has unfolded in the past month-and-a-half which has proved as astonishing as it has belligerent, and the international community is now compelled to take immediate and resolute measures — not only to uphold numerous …

Opinion: Preparing for Change in North Korea

We are told that North Korea is a Hermit Kingdom ─ mysterious, unknowable, and impenetrable. But this is simply not the case. Those of us involved with North Korea are acutely aware of what is happening within its borders. We know that a famine, exacerbated by government action and inaction, deliberately starved to death between …

Violence against Women and Girls & the Sustainable Development Goals

On the 27th April, Fiona Bruce MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, spoke briefly at a Westminster Hall debate on Violence against Women and Girls and the Sustainable Development Goals. Fiona noted:   I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. Will he join me in condemning the state-sanctioned violence against …

Remembering North Korea’s Forgotten Women

As we mark International Women’s Day, I am minded to reflect upon the recent conference in the House of Commons hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, of which I am Co-Chair. Titled Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the conference looked to a forgotten corner of Asia and a forgotten group of …

Why the UK should welcome South Korea’s passage of the North Korean Human Rights Act

South Koreans may be surprised to learn that over five thousand miles away in London, the Korean peninsula is a hotly debated issue. In the United Kingdom’s Houses of Parliament, where I am a serving MP, politicians from across the political spectrum regularly meet to discuss the trials and tribulations of the Kim Jong-un regime and the plight …