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2013 International Conference: Improving North Korean Human Rights through the UN COI

December 3, 2013

On Monday, December 9, 2013, NKnet and other groups are holding an international conference on Improving North Korean Human Rights through the UN COI at the Press Center in Seoul. On Tuesday, December 10, there are two other related events. English interpretation will be provided, these events are free and open to the public – please come and share the invitation with your friends!

NKnet 2013 International Conference: Improving NKHR through the UN COI (poster)
Improving North Korean Human Rights through the UN COI (Commission of Inquiry)

A 2013 International Conference to Commemorate the 65th Annual Human Rights Day

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1. Introduction

● Date & Time: December 9, 2013, 13:00~17:00

● Location: International Conference Hall at the Press Center, Seoul
(20th floor, 25 Taepyeongro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul)
– City Hall Subway Station (lines 1 & 2), Exit 4
– Gwanghwamun Subway Station (line 5), Exit 5

● Co-sponsors: ICNK, Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, Sejong Institute

● Co-hosts: Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights and Open Radio for North Korea

2. Mission

– Discuss follow-up actions of the international community in order to solve alleged Crimes against Humanity of North Korea after the COI report is released next March.

– Suggest appropriate recommendations to the COI.

– Discuss whether the UN Security Council will deal with the North’s human rights abuses and which international entities will be able to deal with the issue.

– Create tighter international solidarity for follow-up actions including larger scale and more effective international campaigns to stop the North’s alleged crimes against humanity.

– Raise the South’s awareness on North Korean human rights, COI activities and international human rights mechanisms.

3. Agenda

Right-pointing black triangle Welcoming Speech

– Yoo Seh Hee, Chair of Board of Directors, NKnet

Right-pointing black triangle Congratulatory Remarks

– Hwang Woo Yea, Floor Leader of Saenuri Party

– Shin Dong Ik, Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs

Right-pointing black triangle Commemorative Speech

– Lee Myeon Woo, Vice President of The Sejong Institute

Right-pointing black triangle Keynote Speech (20 minutes, 13:20~13:39): International solutions to deal with North Korea’s alleged crimes against humanity based on the experience of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and other countries’ cases

– Speaker: Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

Session I:

Assessment of the UN COI on Human Rights in the DPRK and Prediction of COI’s Recommendations

– Moderator: Lee Jung Hoon, Professor at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies

Presentations (15 minutes for each, 13:40~14:24)

1. Predictions of the COI report and its expected recommendations: Appropriate recommendations to stop alleged crimes against humanity in North Korea

-Jared Genser, Lawyer and Managing Director of Perseus Strategies

2. Ways to optimize recommendations of the COI and the international community’s role to implement the recommendations

-Ben Rogers, East Asia Team Leader, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

3. Significance of COI recommendations and potential impacts

– Baek Buhm Suk, Professor, College of International Studies at Kyung Hee University

Debate (10 minutes for each, 14:25~15:04)

1. Evaluation of COI investigation and potential follow-up actions of the COI report

-Philippe Dam, Advocate from Human Rights Watch

2. Possibility of referring the North’s human rights abuses to the UN Security Council

-Ahn Chan Il, President at the World Institute for North Korea Studies

3. Effectiveness of the COI recommendations from the aspect of human rights law and the ICC

-Jeh Sung Ho, Professor of Law, Chung Ang University

4. Challenges of UN human rights mechanisms and effective ways to overcome them

-Lee Shin Hwa, Professor of Political Science & International Relations, Korea University

Session II:

How to Use the COI Recommendations and Strategies for International Actions

– Moderator: Kim Seok Woo, President of National Development Institute

Presentations (15 minutes for each, 15:05~16:04)

1. Characteristics of North Korean human rights violation and the necessity of international response

– David Hawk, author of Hidden Gulag I and II

2. Effective strategy for international campaigns for North Korean human rights

– Kim Soo Am, Researcher at KINU

3. Expected reaction of North Korea to the COI report and ways to impose COI recommendations on North Korea

– Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division

4. The need to urge the UNSC to deal with crimes against humanity in North Korea

– Kang Cheol Hwan, President of North Korea Strategy Center

Debate (10 minutes each)

1. Efforts for the improvement of North Korean human rights and future tasks based on the COI investigation

– Kim Young Hwan, Researcher at NKnet

2. Cooperation between South Korean government and civil society to implement the COI recommendations

– Oh Gyeong Seob, Researcher at the Sejong Institute

3. Solidarity of international organizations for the improvement of North Korean human rights

– Song Yun Bok, Secretary General of No Fence

Closing Remark (10 minutes): Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

Related Events

Press Conference

ICNK’s Future Actions to Cope with the COI Report

● Date & Time: 11:00~12:30, December 10
● Location: Maehwa Hall at the Press Center, Seoul
(19th floor, 25 Taepyeongro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul)
– City Hall Subway Station (lines 1 & 2), Exit 4
– Gwanghwamun Subway Station (line 5), Exit 5

1. Briefing about the ICNK strategic workshop
2. Explaining COI activities, report, potential recommendations and the necessary actions of the international community: major NGOs’ cooperative activities and domestic NGOs’ activities
3. Urging South Korean media and society to pay attention to NK crimes against humanity and join the international actions
4. Releasing a statement
5. Q & A

LHUK & ICNK International Forum:

Improvement of North Korean Human Rights through the International Court

“Meeting with Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, the lead Prosecutor
at the trial of Slobodan Milošević in the ICTY”

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● Co-hosts: Lawyers for Human Rights and Unification of Korea (LHUK) & International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK)

● Date & Time: 18:00~19:30, December 10, 2013

● Location: Conference Hall at the Korea Bar Association (the 1st floor, Korea Bar Association bldg., 1718-1 Seocho 3-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul)
– Seocho Subway Station (line 2), exit 8 (see map!)


– Review international legal backgrounds of alleged Crimes against Humanity committed by North Korean authorities
– Study international legal mechanisms and criminal court mechanisms and debate ways to refer alleged North Korean Crimes against Humanity to the international court
– Study the case of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia


※ Moderator: Kim Hyun Sung, Secretary General of LHUK

1. Opening Speech: Kim Tae Hoon, President of LHUK

2. Congratulatory Speech: Wi Cheol Hwan, President of Korea Bar Association

3. Welcoming Speech: Lee Yong Woo, former Justice of Korean Supreme Court and advisor of LHUK

4. Presentation: Sir Geoffrey Nice QC

5. Q&A

– Seok Dong Hyun, Co-president of LHUK, and Park Seon Ki, Justice of International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

※ Sir Geoffrey Nice QC:

Nice became a barrister in 1971 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. He was made a Knight Bachelor in 2007. In 2009, he was named Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board. In 2012 he was became a Professor of Law at Gresham College, a position formerly occupied by Baroness Deech.

Nice has been involved with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He was the lead Prosecutor at the trial of Slobodan Milošević in The Hague and initiated the prosecution’s initial case of linking atrocities committed in the former Yugoslavia to Milosevic. Since working with ICTY, Nice has been active in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and in pro bono work for victims groups. His practice includes human rights, public law and personal injury.

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