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Looking at North Korea through the UN’s human security lens including: economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community, and political security.

A Human Rights Dialogue with North Korea: Real or Illusory?

A Human Rights Dialogue with North Korea: Real or Illusory?

Workers' Party Secretary Kang Sok Ju in Bern, Switzerland as part of his recent European tour. (Photo: Keystone) North Korea has made a number of intriguing gestures recently on human rights. At the United Nations, its Foreign Minister announced his country’s readiness to hold a “human rights dialogue with countries not hostile to it.” [...]

North Korea Responds to the UN Commission of Inquiry

North Korea Responds to the UN Commission of Inquiry

DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong at the United Nations (Photo: UN/Kim Haughton) The UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) released its highly-critical report last February, of which, the findings and recommendations were strongly endorsed by UN Member States at the March UN Human Right Council meeting. In May, and then further in September and [...]

After the COI: Four Next Steps

After the COI: Four Next Steps

With the March 26, 2014 adoption by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) of a new resolution about the “Situation of human rights in the DPRK,” the governments of the world have begun the process of endorsing, by a landslide majority, the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the unparalleled human [...]

Engage, Don’t Just ‘Name and Shame’

Engage, Don’t Just ‘Name and Shame’

This week in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has an opportunity to do something important when it considers how to respond to the 372-page report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COI). As Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty has written, “A strong resolution needs to be adopted sending a [...]

Have “Engagers” Really Taken Over the World? Thoughts on “Subverted Engagement”

Have “Engagers” Really Taken Over the World? Thoughts on “Subverted Engagement”

I have only met Professor B.R. Myers once, when we both took part in a conference on North Korean arts in Vienna. Though young, or at least younger than me—not difficult these days—he came across as one with strong views, trenchantly expressed, characteristics also evident in his writing. Myers is a literature specialist and argues that [...]

Case Study: Business Training for North Korean Women

Case Study: Business Training for North Korean Women

In the fall of 2012, Choson Exchange inaugurated a Women in Business (WIB) program in North Korea. The program was meant to encourage the participation of females in business and entrepreneurship training among our target demographic of 20-40 year old young professionals. Participants would attend a workshop in North Korea, from which, we would [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.