Business Not Quite As Usual

In her Statement, in the aftermath of the attack at Westminster, the Prime Minister defiantly insisted that parliamentary business would today continue as usual. During the morning sittings in both Houses, there was a united and wholly unambiguous message that those who would destroy our democracy and fundamental freedoms will not succeed. But in the …

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Opinion: Actions, not words, will help North Korea’s refugees

*This article was originally published in the Korea JoongAng Daily on February 6th 2017. Displacement and suffering have shaped the human landscape of the Korean peninsula. Annexed in 1910 and occupied until 1945 by the Empire of Japan, between four and six million Koreans were forced into slavery as labourers and up to 200,000 Korean …

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 …

Lord Alton: 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, 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the division of the Korean peninsula. That division was the prelude to the 1950-53 war, which led to the deaths of about 3 million people, including 1,000 British servicemen. Throughout the intervening seven …

United Nations Human Rights Office

A new United Nations field-based human rights office is to open in Seoul in the coming weeks. The establishment of the office follows a recommendation of the UN Commission of Inquiry, which stated: "The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, with full support from the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly, should establish a …

Refugee Week: North Korean Refugees in the UK

Prior to Refugee Week, Lord Alton, Co-Chair of the APPG on North Korea, asked the UK Government "what assessment they have made of the statement by the government of South Korea in a letter to the Secretary of State in 2010...that North Korean refugees must “desire to live in the Republic of Korea” before they …

Lord Alton: Statement on UK Policy Towards North Korea

For more than a decade I have chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea. When it comes to North Korea there is a battle for ideas and a need for a clear headed security strategy. The DPRK is a country where, according to the UN Commission of Inquiry, there are 200,000 people incarcerated in …