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2024 International Dialogue on North Korean Human Rights

July 23, 2024 • 9:00 am – 2:40 pm EDT

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Please join the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for 2024 International Dialogue on North Korean Human Rights. 

This conference will bring together scholars, experts, and officials to share the reality of North Korean human rights with the international community and to expand international solidarity for improving human rights in North Korea as 2024 marks the 10th anniversary of publishing the report titled "Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea" by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on North Korean Human Rights. 

The conference will feature remarks from Minister Yung Ho Kim, Ministry of Unification (TBC), Dr. John Hamre, CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership, Mr. Damon Wilson, President and CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and Ambassador Hyun Dong Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States.

This conference is co-hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Ministry of Unification of the Republic of Korea, National Endowment for Democracy, and Human Asia.


Opening Remarks

John J. Hamre

CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership

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Dr. John Hamre


Opening Remarks

Damon Wilson

President and CEO, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

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Damon Wilson


Opening Remarks

Hyundong Cho

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States

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Hyun Dong Cho

2024 International Dialogue on North Korean Human Rights Agenda


Opening Remarks

9:00 am

John Hamre, President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership, CSIS

Hyundong Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States

Damon Wilson, President and CEO, National Endowment for Democracy 

Keynote Speech

9:20 am

Yung Ho Kim, Minister of Unification, Republic of Korea (TBC)

Session One: 2024 Report on North Korean Human Rights and North Korea’s Reality

9:30 am

Soun Jin Kim, Director General, Center for North Korean Human Rights Record 

Michael Kirby, Former Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea 

Yong-Ho Thae, Former Member of National Assembly

Elaine Pearson, Asia Director, Human Rights Watch 

 

Moderator:

Jung Hoon Lee, Chair, North Korea Human Rights Promotion Committee of Ministry of Unification

Break

10:45 am

Session Two: Beyond COI: Efforts for Accountability

10:55 am

Shin-wha Lee, Ambassador at large for international cooperation on North Korea human rights, Republic of Korea

Morse Tan, Former Ambassador at Large for the US State Department's Office of Global Criminal Justice

Yohei Suda, Attorney, Law Office of Yohei Suda 

Kongdan (Katy) Oh, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Free
Korean Association in the USA

 

Moderator:

Victor Cha, Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair, CSIS; Distinguished University Professor, Georgetown University 

Lunch

12:10 pm

Featured Session: North Korean Human Rights: Right to Know

12:30 pm

Ji Tae You, Actor / MOU Ambassador on North Korean Human Rights

Gum Hyok Kim, Defector

Gyuri Kang, Defector

 

Moderator: 

Jae-Chun Won, Professor, Handong Global University 

Break

1:15 pm

Session 3: On North Korean Human Rights in the UN Mechanism

1:30 pm

Elizabeth Salmón, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK

Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Member of UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Heisoo Shin, Former Vice-Chair of UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women

 

Moderator:

Andrew Yeo, Senior Fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair, Brookings Institution; Professor of Politics; The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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Contact Information

Jung Hoon Lee

Chair, North Korea Human Rights Promotion Committee of Ministry of Unification

Soun Jin Kim

Director General, Center for North Korean Human Rights Record
Former Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea

Yong-ho Thae

Former Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea; Former Deputy Ambassador of North Korea to the United Kingdom
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair

Shin-wha Lee

Ambassador at large for international cooperation on North Korea human rights, Republic of Korea
Former Ambassador at Large for the US State Department's Office of Global Criminal Justice

Kongdan (Katy) Oh

Chair of the Board of Directors of the Free Korean Association in the USA

Ji Tae You

Actor / MOU Ambassador on North Korean Human Rights
Senior Fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair, Brookings Institution; Professor of Politics; The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Benyam Dawit Mezmur

Member of UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Heisoo Shin

Former Vice-Chair of UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Gum Hyok Kim

Defector

Gyuri Kang

Defector
July 23, 2024 • 9:00 am – 2:40 pm EDT
2024 International Dialogue on North Korean Human Rights