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How Should We Address North Korea Human Rights Atrocities?

How Should We Address North Korea Human Rights Atrocities?

A panel of experts met earlier this month to talk about ways the U.S and other international allies can help combat human rights abuse in North Korea.

The panel comes just after the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea released findings that the country has committed human abuse crimes.

Greg Scarlatoui, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea suggested using bill HR 1771 to help police the abuse crimes. The bill would increase sanctions on North Korea and earmark funds for humanitarian efforts in the country.

“Our greatest challenge has been for more than two decades now this competition between human rights on the one hand and hard political issues on the other hand,” Scarlatoui said.

Scarlatoui also suggested that the United Nations Security Council could pass a resolution to “hold North Korea accountable.”

Finally, the panel encouraged U.S. and international leaders to stand up against North Korea’s human rights crimes.

“The United States possesses an array of strong punitive measures that it can levy on Pyongyang,” said Bruce Klingner, Heritage senior fellow for Northeast Asia. “It has employed many of these against Iran. The Obama Administration should overcome its reluctance to impose more extensive punitive measures against Pyongyang and the foreign entities that assist its nuclear and missile programs.”


Publication date: May 14, 2014