10th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees

The 10th International Conference on North
Korean Human Rights Refugees

Organizer(s) : Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, HanVoice
Sponsor : NED, Chosun Ilbo, KTX
Day and Time : August 19 ~ 22, 2010
Venue : Toronto, Canada


Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (ROK) and HanVoice (Canada) are delighted to invite you to our 10th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees, which will be held between August 21st and 22nd in Toronto, Canada.

The conference was held for the first time in December 1999 in Seoul. This was followed by conferences hosted in Tokyo, Prague, Warsaw, Bergen, London and Melbourne. The annual conferences have been raising international awareness of North Korean human rights and refugee issues.

The host country of the 10th International Conference is Canada. It has been a leading nation that protects and advocates the rights of ethnic minorities and immigrants. Furthermore, Canada has been fervently promoting North Korean human rights and welcoming North Korean refugees int#111 its territory.  

Canadian governmental officials, NGO activists and the media have expressed their deep interest in the upcoming international conference.

We would appreciate your participation in this meaningful event for improving North Korean human rights and refugee issues and join in the passion of the international community.

July 2010

Benjamin H. Yoon                                                                       Randall Baran-Chang
Founder Chairman                                                                  Representative
Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights                    HanVoice

     August 21~22, 2010  
    • Venue : Isabel Bader Theatre, University of Toronto, Canada

    • Organizers: Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, ROK                  
                      HanVoice, Canada
    • Sponsors: National Endowment for Democracy, USA  
                     The Chosunlibo, ROK, KPX Foundation, ROK 

< Please find the attached document for registration>

   Thursday, 19 August 
12:00 ~ 22:30  Public Event 
Street Campaign  Performance and Opening Ceremonies : Yonge-Dundas Square 
   Friday, 20 August 
10:00 ~ 11:30 Press Conference: Hart House,
University of Toronto
   17:30 ~ 22:00 Documentary Film Screening:
                     - List of Films will be screened:Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto
                  The Red Chapel (2009) Mads Brugger  Award Winner of 2010 Sundance Film Festival
                         KimJongilia (2009) N.C. Heikin


Preliminary Agenda
Language of proceedings: English/Korean

Saturday, 21 August (open to public)

08:30 Registration
09:30 Opening Session           
            Moderator of Conference Proceeding: Simon Park, HanVoice, Canada 
            Opening Remarks
             Benjamin H. Yoon, Founder Chairman, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, ROK
Welcoming Speech
             Randall Baran-Chong, Representative, HanVoicie, Canada 
             Carl Gershman President, National Endowment for Democracy, USA 
            Congratulatory Speech
 Michaelle Jean (Written), Governor General of Canada
             Hon. Jason Kenny (Written), Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, Canada
             Dalton McGuinty (Written), Premier of Ontario, Canada
Keynote Speech
             Deepak Obhrai, MP, Parliament Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs            
Special Remarks
             Hon. Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament, Canada
Session 1 : Human Rights in North Korea between Obstacles Opportunity
           Moderator: Erich Weingartner, Editor of the CanKor Report, Canada
   Pervasive State of Fear in the Country 
            Man-ho Heo, Professor, Kyungpook National University, ROK
Changing Perception of North Korean Population
            Katy Kongdan Oh Hassig, Researcher, Institute for Defense Analysis, USA
  Testimony of NK defector
            Young Cheol Kim, Former Officer at Ministry of people’s Safety in the DPRK, Escaped and Entered 
                                            South Korea in February of 2008
           Q  A
12:30 Lunch

13:30 Session 2  Experience of North Korean Refugees in Transit Asylum Countries
Moderator: Dr. Sun-Young Park, MP, Liberty Forward Party, ROK 

            Legal Grounds for Protection of North Korean refugees 
             Roberta Cohen, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution, USA
   Human For Sale: Situation of Trafficked North Korean Women
             Won-Woong Lee, Professor, Social Welfare Studies, Kwandong University, ROK 
Children from Nowher#101: Stateless Children in China
             Kay Seok, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch, ROK
Testimony of NK Refugee
             Miran Kim, Hair Dresser in the DPRK, Escaped from the country on 3rd of April, 2007 and entered
                                       South Korea  in March of 2008 
Res#101ttlement Process Experiences of countries accepting North Korean refugees: 
                                                                        issues with res#101ttlement and integration in final destination
              South Korea: Yun Sook Park, Professor at World Cyber University, ROK
              Canada: Young-Lee Ha, Korean Canadian Women’s Association, Canada
              US: Hannah Song, Executive Director, LiNK, USA
              Japan: Kate Nielsen, Director of International Relations, life funds for North Korean Refugees, 
              Q A
16:00   Break

16:20 Session 3  Strategies for the Improvement of Human Rights in North Korea and 
Protection of Refugees
 Moderator: Hon. Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament, Canada 

            Maintaining Momentum and Commitment of International Sopciety
             Pam Shime, Researcher, Global Advocacy Leadership Institute
             Jack Kim, Advisor, HanVoice, Canada
             Joanna Hosaniak, Head of International Campaign Cooperation Team NKHR, ROK
             Kate Nielsen, Director of International Relations, life funds for North Korean Refugees, Japan
             N.C. Heikin, Director of Documentary Film, “Kinjongilia(2009)”, USA
             Q A

18:30 Closing Ceremony

Sunday, 22 August (Invited Guests Only)

10:00~13:00 Action Plan Strategy Meeting
             Moderator: Suk-Woo Kim, President, 21st Nation Development Institute, ROK
                               Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament, Canada 

          Part I   Constructive Engagement for Improving human Rights
                      in the Country                       
          Part II  Relevant Migration Act regarding Refugees including North Korean 
                     Human Rights Act and the Need of Protection for North Korean

             Overall discussions