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China and Russia's Role in North Korea's Human Rights Abuses

October 5, 2023 • 9:30 – 10:15 am EDT

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Please join us for a Capital Cable discussion on a new report published by CSIS and the George W. Bush Institute that looks at China and Russia's role in North Korea's human rights abuses. 

The North Korean regime focuses all available resources on its top strategic objective: its own survival. While all political regimes strive to survive, North Korea’s case is exceptional because of the extreme human rights violations it perpetrates in attempting to dominate all aspects of the lives of its citizens. The February 2014 U.N. Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) specifically details the North Korean regime’s gross human rights violations against its own citizens. However, the roles played by authoritarian leaders in Beijing and Moscow in facilitating North Korea’s human rights violations are less frequently examined.

This report by Victor Cha and Katrin Fraser Katz examines China and Russia’s roles in perpetuating North Korea’s human rights abuses and explores how recent global developments including the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have presented North Korea with new incentives and opportunities for repression. The authors conclude by surveying recent initiatives by the United States and the United Nations to advance human rights in North Korea and provide recommendations to further advocate for North Korean human rights.

The Capital Cable is made possible by general support to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair
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Sue Mi Terry

Senior Advisor, Macro Advisory Partners