Panel Discussion：Human Rights Situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
– current situation and initiatives by the international community
November 29, 2016
1. A panel discussion “Human Rights Situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – current situation and initiatives by the international community” co-sponsored by the Government of Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), the United States(USA) and the European Union (EU) , will be held in New York on Thursday, December 1, 2016(local time).
2. The panel discussion, following up on developments since the release of the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK (PDF), is convened to discuss ways to improve the human rights situation in North Korea as well as effective measures by the international community. Among the issues to be discussed are international abductions, lack of access to information, separated families and overseas North Korea workers including the abductions of Japanese citizens.
3. Event details:
(1) Date & Time: December 1st (Thursday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (local time)
(2) Conference Room 6, UN Headquarters, New York
(3) Program (PDF):
Opening Remarks : H. E. Mr. Joao Vale de Almeida, Permanent Representative of the EU to the United Nations Moderator : H.E. Ms. Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations Panelists : Minister Katsunobu Kato, Minister in charge of the Abduction Issue, Government of Japan Ambassador Lee Jung-hoon, Ambassador-at-large on North Korean Human Rights, Government of the ROK Ms. Signe Poulsen, Representative, OHCHR Office in Seoul Ambassador Robert R. King, Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, Government of the USA Ms. Param-Preet Singh, Associate Director, International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch
- This Panel Discussion will be livestreamed on UN WEB TV.