The 12th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights & Refugees

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The 12th International Conference on North

 
Korean Human Rights Refugees

Organizer(s) : Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR), ROK Union der Opferverbande kommunistischer Gewaltherrschaft (UOKG), Germany
Sponsor : The Chosun Ilbo, ROK Ministry of Unification
Day and Time : June 17th and 18th, 2013
Venue : Berlin, Germany


INVITATION

 

NKHR’s annual international conference focuses on the human rightsconditions in North Korea and the problems of North Korean refugees, andinvolves the cooperation of individual advocates, NGOs, media and diplomatsworldwide. Since 1999, the conference has been held on a large scale, and hasfocused on drawing wide attention from both the international and domesticcommunity. From the 1st International Conference on North KoreanHuman Rights Refugees held in 1999 in Seoul to the 11thconference in Geneva in 2011, NKHR has held international conferences in Japan,the Czech Republic, Poland, Norway, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada andSwitzerland.

 

The Conference’s original approach was tobuild awareness and promote advocacy. The previous Conferences created networksof NGOs that jointly started lobbying in favour of the UN resolution on humanrights in the DPRK since 2003.The conferences in Australia and Canada resultedin greater engagement of parliament members who advocated for special measuresof protection for North Korean refugees with their respective governments. In addition, peaceful street campaigns, movie screenings on NorthKorean human rights issues, and various cultural performances that took placebefore the conference drew great attention from ordinary citizens in the hostcountry.

 

As a result of these activities, a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) intothe human rights situation in North Korea was established on March 21, 2013 bythe 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council.  

 

As the European Union has considerable influence on North Korea, it isurgent for them to play a role in helping North Korea realize the need toimprove their human rights situation. An international conference in Germany,especially, will be useful in preparing for unification on the Koreanpeninsula, as we may be able to learn from Germany’s past experiences.  

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Benjamin Yoon                                           RainerWagner

Founder Chairman                                            Chairman

Citizens’ Alliance for                                             Union derOpferverbande

North Korean Human Rights                 Kommunistischer Gewaltherrschaft 

 

 

 

 

Program 

Language of proceedings: German/English/Korean

  

Monday, 17 June 2013

 

19:00– 22:00            "Crossing"(2008), Directed by Tae-Gyun KIM (ROK)

                           Kino Babylon, Rosa Luxemburg Str. 30, 10187 Berlin

 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

 

09:00               Registration

 

09:30 – 10:30        OpeningSession

ConferenceModerator:

Jae-chun WON, Faculty of Law, Handong GlobalUniversity, ROK

 

WelcomeAddress

Rainer Wagner, Chairman, UOKG, Germany

 

CongratulatorySpeech

JoachimGauck, President of Germany

 

CongratulatorySpeech

Dr. AnnaKaminsky, Chief Executive, Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung

 

KeynoteSpeech

JornRohde, Head of the East Asia Division, Foreign Ministry Berlin 


 

10:30 – 12:15         Session 1: TheControl of Minds – The System of Surveillance 

 

Chair:Martin Lessenthin, Chairman, International Society for Human Rights 

 

Documentary(20 minutes)

 

North Korean Situation:

NorthKorean Caste Structure and the System of Surveillance and Punishment: In aPerspective of Human Rights and Socio-political Change
Man-ho HEO, Professor, Kyungpook National University, ROK

 

Womenin Political Prison Camps in North Korea

Hye-sook KIM, Survivor of a N. Korean PoliticalPrison Camp, ROK 


German Angle:

STASI and the Systemof Surveillance 

Dr. Hubertus Knabe, Director,Berlin-Hohenschonhausen   Memorial

 

PoliticalPrisoners in East Germany

Siegmar Faust,Author and Survivor of an East Germany Political PrisonCamp, Germany

 

Q A

 

12:15 –13:30         Lunch

 

 

13:30 – 15:00                    Session 2: Question of Refoulement 

 

Chair: Suk-wooKIM, Former Vice-minister of Unification, ROK

 

NorthKorean Situation: 

Testimonyof Refoulement Victim
Myung-sook LEE, Victim of refoulement, ROK

 

Failureof Protection: Case of North Korean Refugees    

Jae-chun WON, Faculty of Law,Handong Global University, ROK


German Angle:  

Vera Lengsfeld, Former MP, Germany

 

                           Discussionand QA

 

15:00– 15:15          CoffeeBreak

15:15–17:15 Session3: German Implications for the Korean Peninsula: Lessons in differences

Chair:Rainer Wagner, Chairman, UOKG

 

South Korean Situation:

                           Resettlementand Support for North Korean Re-settlers in South Korea

                           Yoon-SookPARK, Professor, World Cyber University, ROK

                          

The International Community’sApproach to Human Rights Violations in North Korea: Present and Future

                           JulieDe Rivera, Director, Human Rights Watch Geneva Office

 

German Angle:

Prisoners’ Redemption inGermany as a Model for Korea?

Dr. Elke-Ursel Hammer,Federal Archives, Germany

  

Beforeand after ‘Die Wende’: West Germany’s approach to East Germany’s Human RightsViolations

Prof.Dr. Manfred Wilke, Sociologist andresearch associate of the     LudwigBoltzmann Institute for the research of the consequences of the war,Germany

 

The System of Support for the Victims of EastGerman Regime

StephanHilsberg, Former MP and Founding Member of Social Democratic Party, Germany

 

Discussion 

 

17:15–17:30          Closing Remarks

Suk-woo KIM, FormerVice-minister of Unification, ROK