|[March 2004] Day Two|
March 1 2004 - The Warsaw Conference started its second day in the conference room of Grand Hotel near down town Warsaw.
Session One moderated by Professor Haruhisa Ogawa (Japan) led the five North Koreans, who were together in Warsaw, to testify of their each exceptional, personal but all together hurtful experiences. This Session was titled "North Korean Tragedy - Cases of Family Disintegration." Certainly one of the most painful results of the North Korean human rights problem is another forceful separation of family members - those who are left behind in North Korea, those who are separated in their different ways to escape, from China to Mongolia to the Mekong Triangle.
There was a great applause of encouragements from the audience when all finished their testimonies for all their courage to bring the stories out from deep inside their hearts.
Session Two was on various aspects of human rights violations committed in North Korea under the heading of "Crimes Against Humanity - Misery and Fear."
Mr. Gordon Flake (USA) reported on his NGO experience in North Korea, Professor Man ho Heo (Korea) on 'Systemic Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural violations', Mr. Pierre Rigoulot (France) 'From European Prison Camps to North Korean prison camps' and Professor Philo Kim (Korea) on 'New Religious Policy and the state of Religious Freedom in North Korea.'
The final session of the day was Session Three on "The International Society and the North Korean Human Rights Problem."
Professor Wonwoong Lee (Korea) made a presentation on the Role of Neighboring Countries in Improving North Korean Human Rights particulary focusing on the policy of South Korea. Professor Tarik Radwan (USA) focused his paper on the current issue of North Korean Freedom Act by the US Congress . The principal administrator of the EU Council, also participated in the conference to make a presentation on the efforts that EU makes on the human rights situation of DPRK. Lastly, Lord Alton of Liverpool (UK) shared his experience in North Korea and suggested roles of the European countries to solve the issue.
The presentations were well-prepared which shared a lot of information for those newly interested in the issue and also for those in their walks of life have been involved to make some changes to the appalling situation. However, the conference was great in that not only the panelists but the audience were all so sincere in listening carefully and participating actively in Q&As throughout the long hours of the day.