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