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One Decade Since the UN COI: Advocating for a Human Rights Up Front Approach
Date and Time:
February 28, 2023 09:30 am ~ February 28, 2023 04:00 pm
Location:
DACOR Bacon House (1801 F St NW, Washington, DC 20006)
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Dear Friends of HRNK,

We invite you to "One Decade Since the UN COI: Advocating for a Human Rights Up Front Approach," an event celebrating the tenth anniversary of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 22/13, which established, by consensus, the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea.

This event, hosted by HRNK, will be held at the DACOR Bacon House (1801 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.) on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This event will aim to: assess progress on North Korean human rights over the past decade; propose a "paradigm shift" that would place a "Human Rights Up Front" approach at the center of North Korea policy and interactions with North Korea, next to other critical issues; and assess the likelihood of Korean unification under a free, prosperous, democratic, capitalist Republic of Korea as the key to resolving the North Korean security & human rights conundrum.

An overview of the "Human Rights Up Front" approach to North Korea, published by the National Institute for Public Policy in January 2023, can be accessed at this link.

The schedule of events is enclosed below.

Welcoming Remarks (9:30-10:00 a.m.)

  • Greg Scarlatoiu, HRNK Executive Director
  • H.E. Cho Tae-yong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States
  • H.E. Lee Shin-wha, Republic of Korea Ambassador-at-Large for North Korean Human Rights (remote)
  • The Hon. Robert Joseph, HRNK Board Member & former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security

[Session 1] The UN COI, Ten Years Later: Assessment, Problems, Prospects (10:00-11:45 a.m.)

  • The Hon. Roberta Cohen, HRNK Co-Chair Emeritus & former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights
  • The Hon. Robert King, HRNK Board Member & former Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights
  • Moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu, HRNK Executive Director

Luncheon (11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

  • H.E. Elizabeth Salmón, UN Special Rapporteur for North Korean Human Rights (recorded remarks)
  • H.E. Michael Kirby, former Chief Commissioner, UN COI on Human Rights in North Korea (recorded remarks)

[Session 2] Paradigm Shift: A Human Rights Up Front Approach to North Korea Policy (1:00-2:30 p.m.)

  • The Hon. Robert Joseph, HRNK Board Member & former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
  • The Hon. Joseph DeTrani, former Special Envoy for Six-Party Talks with North Korea
  • Moderator: Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Vice President for Asia & Korea Chair, CSIS

Coffee Break (2:30-2:45 p.m.)

[Session 3] Unification: The Key to Resolving the North Korean Conundrum (2:45-3:55 p.m.)

  • Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt, HRNK Board Member & Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
  • The Hon. David Maxwell, HRNK Board Member & Senior Fellow, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Greg Scarlatoiu, HRNK Executive Director
  • ModeratorDr. Tara O, Adjunct Fellow, Hudson Institute

Closing Remarks (3:55-4:00 p.m.)

  • Greg Scarlatoiu, HRNK Executive Director

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