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The 6th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights & Refugees: Seoul, Korea
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The 6th International Conference
on North Korean Human Rights & Refugees: Seoul, Korea
 
Organizer(s) : Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, etc.
Sponsor :
Day and Time : February 14 ~ 16, 2005
Venue : St. Ignatius House at Sogang University, Seoul, Korea
 
 
Invitation to the Conference 
 
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights once again adopted the North Korean Human Rights Resolution at its 60 th session in 2004. The resolution included the appointment of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea . In addition, we have seen with great interest that the United States ' Congress passed the North Korean Human Rights Act (H.R.4011). Such turn of events represent a positive trend toward effective implementation of international action for improving the human rights situation in North Korea .
 
However, the systematic violations of the human rights of North Koreans, including the illegal trafficking of women and children and the repatriation of refugees, show no signs of substantial improvements.
 
The Citizen's Alliance for North Korean Human Rights will hold the 6th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees in Seoul , February 14-16, 2005 . Participating institutions include the Korean Society for Human Rights Law, Yonsei University 's Graduate School of International Studies, Handong International Law School, Sogang University 's Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University 's Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University's Graduate School of International Studies, and Sookmyung Women's University Graduate School of International Studies.
 
We would like to make this conference a unique venue for sharing information and discussing practical methods for tackling the problems faced by North Koreans.

I hope that you take an important part in the accomplishment of the precious work of shining lights on the human rights in North Korea.
 
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
Benjamin H. Yoon
Co-Chairman, Organizing Committee

• February 14-16, 2005
• St. Ignatius House / Sogang University 
• Organized by Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights  / Korean Society for Human Rights Law /Korea University Graduate School of International Studies

Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies /Handong International Law  School /Sogang University Graduate School of International Studies

Ewha Womans University Graduate School of International Studies

Sookmyung Women's University Graduate School of International Studies

• Sponsored by National Endowment for Democracy /The Chosun Ilbo

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Graduate School of Interpretation and

Translation /Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Translation and

Interpretation /Chang Mu Dance

 

 
 
 
 
OPENING SESSION
 
 
Benjamin H. YOON, Representative, NKHR, Korea
Sang Hoon BANG, President, Chosun Ilbo, Korea
Carl GERSHMAN, President, NED, USA
 

Václav HAVEL, Former President, Czech Republic
Kwan Yong PARK, Former Speaker, National Assembly, Korea
 

Andrzej RZEPLINSKI, Secretary of Board, HFRA
                              Professor, Warsaw University, Poland
Choong Hyun PAIK, President, Korean Society for HR Law
                             Emeritus Professor, Seoul National University, Korea
 
The Society to Help Returnees to North Korea, Japan
French Committee to Help North Korean Population, France
Defense Forum Foundation, USA 
Jubilee Campaign, USA 
The Egil Rafto House Foundation, Norway
Keston Institute, UK 
Japanese Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights Protection in North Korea, Japan
Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, Korea
                

SESSION I • NEW DIMENSIONS: NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS PROBLEM
INFRINGEMENTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA:
IN RELATION TO SOCIAL   CHANGE AND POLITCAL COERCION  
     Man Ho HEO, Professor, Kyungpook National University, Korea
-TRENDS IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CONCERNING NORTH KOREAN  HUMAN RIGHTS
-ADDRESSING ISSUES OF NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS-CAUSE
& SOLUTIONS FROM INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE 
       Jae Chun WON, Professor, Handong International Law School, Korea

DISCUSSION
Chang Rok SOH, Professor, Korea Univ. Graduate School of International Studies, Korea
Jae Chun KIM, Professor, Sogang Univ. Graduate School of International Studies, Korea


SESSION II • PROTECTING NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES
PRESENT SITUATION OF NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES
      Tarik RADWAN, Professor, Handong International Law School, Korea
STRATEGIES FOR NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES
       Ann BUWALDA & Michele LOMBARDO, Directors, Jubilee Campaign, USA

DISCUSSION
        Ki Young LEE, Professor, Pusan National University, Korea


SESSION III • THE CHILDREN IN NORTH KOREA IN PERIL

HUMAN RIGHTS REALITIES OF NORTH KOREAN CHILDREN
       Seong Min KIM, Defector, Director, Free NK Broadcast, Korea

THE REALITY OF NORTH KOREAN RIGHTS: BASED ON THE DPRK’S STATE REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE UN CRC  
         Soung Yee KIM, Professor, Ewha Womans University, Korea

DISCUSSION
          Jiro ISHIMARU, Journalist, Asia Press Osaka, Japan
          Yuji YAMAMOTO, Bureau Chief, The Tokyo Shimbun Seoul Bureau, Japan
 
DEFECTOR’S TESTIMONY
        • CHINESES JAIL, BETTER THAN NORTH KOREA / Eun Cheol PARK
        • SIXTEEN YEARS IN NORTH KOREA / Sun Young KOH       
        • BEYOND THE CONTINUOUS TRIALS OF DEATH / Hyuk KIM        
        • IS NORTH KOREA INDEED A HEAVEN FOR CHILDREN? /Gwang Il PARK


SESSION IV • DISCRIMINATION AND MALTREATMENT AGAINST WOMEN IN NORTH KOREA

DISCRIMINATION / VIOLENCE / HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST WOMEN IN
NORTH KOREA
       Ae Ran LEE, Defector, Ph.D. Candidate, Ewha Womans University, Korea
VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THEIR MENTAL TRAUMA
       Tom O’ CONNOR, Representative, Medecins Sans Frontieres Korea Office, France
ACTUAL CONDITIONS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND STRATEGIC FOR IT ERADICATION
        Mike KAYE, Communications Coordinator, Anti-Slavery International, UK

DISCUSSION
       Hyun Sun PARK, Research Professor, Korea University Institute of Northkoreanology, Korea
       Hyun Nie AHN, Professor, Pusan National University, Korea
 
DEFECTOR’S TESTIMONY
        • I WITNESSED INFANTICIDE IN NORTH KOREA/ Sun Ja PARK
        • THE HARDSHIPS AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN /Young Hee PARK
        • SOLD AND SOLD AGAIN / Choon Ae KIM 
        • NORTH KOREA: LAND DEVOID OF HUMANE LIFE / Young Soon KIM


SESSION V • ROUND TABLE: MISSIONS & STRATEGIES

DPRK HUMAN RIGHTS: UNITED KINGDOM VIEWS
       Charles MOORE, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK
STRATEGIES FOR THE 61ST SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
       Elizabeth BATHA, International Advocate, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, UK
MULTILATERAL APPROACHES TO THE NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS
       Phil S. HONG, Exec. Director for International Campaign, NKHR, Korea


SESSION VI• ROLE OF YOUNG DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERS
 
SPECIAL SPEECH 
THE ROLE OF YOUTH FOR IMPORVING HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORH KOREA
       Won Cheol KANG, NK Defector, Hanyang University, Korea

SPECIAL LECTURE 
CONSPIRACY OF HOPE: “YOUTH MOVEMENT AND THE NORTH KOREA  HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY IN THE UNITED STATES”
      Edward LOGAN, Public Relations Officer, Jubilee Campaign, USA

RESOLUTION

SPECIAL THANKS TO