The South Korean and U.S. Government Role in Promoting Human Rights in North Korea

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April 26, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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This is the second event in a three-part series on North Korea Human Rights hosted by APARC's Korea Program in the spring quarter.

Book Launch for Patterns of Impunity: Human Rights in North Korea and the Role of the U.S. Special Envoy by Robert R. King

3D cover of the book "Patterns of Impunity" by Robert R. KingAs U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean human rights issues from 2009 to 2017, Ambassador Robert King led efforts to ensure that human rights issues were an integral part of U.S. policy toward North Korea. In this book launch webinar, he will share his extensive experience as special envoy and insights into the U.S. role in addressing the North Korean human rights crisis.  Ambassador King will be joined by Jung-Hoon Lee, Professor of International Relations at Yonsei University, who will talk about his role as Ambassador for North Korean Human Rights in the past. Professor Lee will remark on how the North Korean human rights issues have been impeded under the current government in South Korea.


portrait of Robert KingRobert R. King served as Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues with Rank of Ambassador at the U.S. Department of State (2009-2017).  The position was established by Congress in the North Korea Human Rights Act with a mandate to “coordinate and promote efforts to improve respect for the fundamental human rights of the people of North Korea.” Since leaving the Department of State, he has been Senior Advisor to the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Senior Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute, and a Board Member of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. He was a Koret Fellow in the Korea Program at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center for the fall term of the 2019-20 academic year. He received a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

portrait of Jung-Hoon LeeJung-Hoon Lee is Dean and Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University. He served as South Korea's Ambassador for Human Rights as well as its inaugural Ambassador-at-Large for North Korean Human Rights. He has been a visiting professor at Keio University and a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He is currently a board member of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, an international patron of the Hong Kong Watch, and an advisory council member of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute. He received his BA from Tufts University, MALD from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.



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