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The 12th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights & Refugees
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NKHRs annual international conference focuses on the human rights conditions in North Korea and the problems of North Korean refugees, and involves the cooperation of individual advocates, NGOs, media and diplomats worldwide. Since 1999, the conference has been held on a large scale, and has focused on drawing wide attention from both the international and domestic community. From the 1st International Conference on North Korean Human Rights & Refugees held in 1999 in Seoul to the 11th conference in Geneva in 2011, NKHR has held international conferences in Japan, the Czech Republic, Poland, Norway, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Switzerland.

The Conferences original approach was to build awareness and promote advocacy. The previous Conferences created networks of NGOs that jointly started lobbying in favour of the UN resolution on human rights in the DPRK since 2003.The conferences in Australia and Canada resulted in greater engagement of parliament members who advocated for special measures of protection for North Korean refugees with their respective governments. In addition, peaceful street campaigns, movie screenings on North Korean human rights issues, and various cultural performances that took place before the conference drew great attention from ordinary citizens in the host country. 

As a result of these activities, a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the human rights situation in North Korea was established on March 21, 2013 by the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council. 

As the European Union has considerable influence on North Korea, it is urgent for them to play a role in helping North Korea realize the need to improve their human rights situation. An international conference in Germany, especially, will be useful in preparing for unification on the Korean peninsula, as we may be able to learn from Germanys past experiences. 

Yours sincerely,

Benjamin Yoon                           Rainer Wagner
Founder & Chairman                   Chairman
Citizens Alliance for                           Union derOpferverbande
North Korean Human Rights                   Kommunistischer Gewaltherrschaft

17-18 June 2013 (Monday, Tuesday) Berlin, Germany
Venue: 1) Movie screening "Crossing" (17 June): 
                 Kino Babylon, Rosa 
Luxemburg Str. 30, 
10187 Berlin
             2) International Conference (18 June): 
                 Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung, 
Kronenstr. 5, 
10117 Berlin

- Please find the attached detailed agenda 
- RSVP Information:
If you wish to participate, please RSVP to and include your full name, organization, position, whether you will attend the movie screening on the 17th, the conference on the 18th, or both, and your email address.

Citizens Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR), ROK
Union der Opferverbande kommunistischer Gewaltherrschaft (UOKG), Germany

The Chosunilbo, ROK
The Ministry of Unification, ROK

International Society for Human Rights (IGFM)
Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

North Korean Human Rights International Conference.Eng..pdf
12th NK Human Rights International Conference.Invitation and agenda_Ger (Final) 6.11.pdf