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North Korean Human Rights at a New Juncture: COVID, Regional Players, and South Korea-U.S. Cooperation

October 6, 2022 • 1:30 – 4:30 pm EDT

Experts from academia and the policy world will discuss the ongoing human rights crisis in North Korea, with a focus on the roles of the South Korean and United States governments in addressing this issue. The conference will also explore the human rights implications of North Korea’s response to the massive coronavirus outbreak in the country as well as China’s complicity in North Korea’s human rights abuses. Against this backdrop, the event will emphasize the role that the South Korean and United States special envoys for North Korean human rights can play in engaging the North Korean regime on human rights issues. This is especially important given that the Biden administration still has yet to fill the position of a Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights—a position mandated by the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004.

Agenda


1:30 – 1:40 PM | Welcoming Remarks

Victor Cha, Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair, CSIS; Vice Dean and D.S. Song KF Professor of Government, Georgetown University

 

Gi-Wook Shin, Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea, Stanford University

1:40 – 2:50 PM | SESSION I : The Role of Congress and U.S. Government in North Korean Human Rights

Panelists:

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; Ranking Member, Congressional-Executive Commission on China



Frank Wolf, Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Moderator:

Gi-Wook Shin, Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea, Stanford University

2:50 – 3:00 PM | Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM | SESSION II : The Role of Special Envoys in the North Korean Human Rights Issue

Panelists:

Ambassador Shin-wha Lee, Ambassador of International Cooperation on North Korean Human Rights, Republic of Korea



Ambassador Robert King, Senior Adviser (non-resident), Korea Chair, CSIS; Former U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights

Moderator:

Victor Cha, Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair, CSIS; Vice Dean and D.S. Song KF Professor of Government, Georgetown University

This signature event will be co-hosted with Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC).

Event Partners

Sponsor
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Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair
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Rep. Chris Smith
Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; Ranking Member, Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Amb. Shin-wha Lee

Ambassador of International Cooperation on North Korean Human Rights, Republic of Korea
Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea, Stanford University