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People with Disabilities in a Changing North Korea
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Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

2014

"People with Disabilities in a Changing North Korea" details the situation that people with disabilities face in the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK). Despite its reputation as a repressive, closed society where human rights are routinely abused, there are in fact institutions in the DPRK that work to address the needs of the disabled, and a number of non-governmental organizations providing aid to disabled people are active in the country. In this paper, Katharina Zellweger attempts to provide "an informed and balanced view of what it means to live with disabilities in North Korea and current work to assist the disabled."

Katharina Zellweger, a senior aid worker with over thirty years of experience working in Asia, twenty of those years focused on aiding North Korea, was the Pantech Fellow at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center's Korea Program from 2011 to 2013.

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