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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.

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 [...]

Reconciling the Human Factor: Understanding the North Korean Human Rights/Humanitarian Divide

Reconciling the Human Factor: Understanding the North Korean Human Rights/Humanitarian Divide

With political leaders and the media perpetually focused on the behavior of a young hereditary leader and his nuclear-armed military, does anybody really care what happens to ordinary people in North Korea? There are two major constituencies internationally that do care: the humanitarian community and the human rights community. When widespread [...]

A United Nations Commission of Inquiry for North Korea

A United Nations Commission of Inquiry for North Korea

On March 21, 2013 the 47-member state Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC), a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly, adopted a resolution that establishes a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate more fully the severe human rights violations in North Korea, and to determine whether those violations amount to crimes against [...]

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