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Video: Joanna Hosaniak on International Society’s Role in North Korea’s Human Rights Situation

September 9, 2013

In her talk at week six of NKnet’s speaker series, Joanna Hosaniak speaks of growing up in communist Poland and then about her experiences working at Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights in Seoul, where she currently is the head of their international campaign and cooperation team. She discusses their work lobbying at the UN and the results of such efforts, and then she takes questions. The talk took place on May 16, 2012, and a list of contents is available immediately below the embedded video.

Video Timeline

5:52 Helped Citizens’ Alliance organize a conference in Poland

7:06 Lobbying in Geneva for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) resolution

10:55 Attempting to get NK to abide by international treaties it’s signed

– Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
– International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
– International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
– Convention on the Rights of the Child

16:37 Evaluating attempts to make North Korea change its laws and practices

26:05 Now working to internationalize the movement

32:33 Citizens’ Alliance also has programs to help North Korean women and children settling in South Korea


36:02 & 37:11 QUESTION: What would make North Korea want to sign an international treaty on human rights?

38:22 QUESTION: We often think of North Korea as a monolithic actor, how do you understand the structure of human rights abuses there, are these abuses perpetuated by the state? Are these outlying detention facilities that lack state regulation? Do you have a concept of why and how…?

47:03 QUESTION: You mentioned ties between former Eastern-bloc countries and North Korea. How can NGOs and UN bodies pressure North Korean allies (not just China)?

52:06 QUESTION: If you had a big budget, what a program you would launch or expand?

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