Human Rights

Scholarly Publications

Crossing Heaven's Border

February 2015

From 2007 to 2011 South Korean filmmaker and newspaper reporter Hark Joon Lee lived among North Korean defectors in China, filming an award-winning documentary on their struggles.

People with Disabilities in a Changing North Korea

March 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).

History Textbooks and the Wars in Asia: Divided Memories

December 2011

Over the past fifteen years Northeast Asia has witnessed growing intraregional exchanges and interactions, especially in the realms of culture and economy.

Other Publications

Regional Efforts to Advance Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: APID, the PG20, and a Possible GGAIN

November 2012

In a November 2012 issue brief published by the ASAN Institute for Policy Studies, Donald K. Emmerson examines Asia-Pacific organizations working to promote democracy and human rights in Asia.

News

Shorenstein Journalism Award Winner Anna Fifield and Expert Panel Discuss Change and Continuity in North Korea

November 2018

“I learned long ago to never predict anything about North Korea.”So began the keynote address by Anna Fifield, veteran journalist and winner of the 2018 Shorenstein Journalism Award.

Mortality declines in rural China yet no clear link to universal health insurance

September 2017

Rural areas of China have made remarkable progress in reducing adult mortality within the past 15 years yet broadened health insurance was not a casual factor in that decline, according to a new...

Engaging North Korea: A British perspective

March 2015

The human rights situation in North Korea has gained considerable attention lately, due in part to an official report released by the United Nations last year.

Events

North Korean Human Rights and Transnational Activism

October 19, 2018

The evidentiary weight of North Korean defectors’ testimony depicting crimes against humanity has drawn considerable attention from the international community in recent years.

Sentiment, Reason, and Law: Policing in the Republic of China on Taiwan

April 30, 2018

The Republic of China on Taiwan spent nearly four decades as a single-party state under dictatorial rule (1949-1987) before transitioning to liberal democracy.

Research Presentations by Park and Chin

May 28, 2015

 "The Controversy Over South Korean Wartime Operational Control: The Real Issues"Speaker: Nam-soo Park, 2014-15 Visiting Scholar, Lieutenant General (Ret.)South Korean Lt.

Projects

Divided Memories and Reconciliation

There are two obstacles to understanding how historical memory about the wartime period has been formed in Northeast Asia.
English

Shorenstein Journalism Award

The Shorenstein Journalism Award, which carries a cash prize of $10,000, honors a journalist not only for a distinguished body of work, but also for the particular way that work has helped readers...
English

Reconciliation and Cooperation in East Asia

By linking internal, external, and regional aspects of historical injustice, the project seeks to move beyond state-oriented approaches and binary categories such as victim versus aggressor in...
English

Multimedia

North Korea: Whither Kim Jong-un in 2015?

April 2015

The audio and transcript from the event "Whither Kim Jong-un in 2015?" a seminar presentation by Ambassador Kim Sook, the 2014-15 Pantech Fellow in the Korea Program, and former Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United Nations.Last year was...

Death of the Foreign Correspondent: An Exaggerated Demise? - 2008 Shorenstein Journalism Award Panel Discussion

February 2008

At a time when newspapers and the news media in general are under growing pressure to cut costs, foreign correspondents are once again viewed by some as an unaffordable luxury.