The 11th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees


Organizer(s) : Citizens' Alliance, Conectas, Human Rights Watch Sponsor : The Chosun Ilbo, Ministry of Unification, Gyeonggi Province, NED, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Day and Time : November 23, 2011 Venue : Geneva, Switzerland

The Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, Conectas Direitos Humanos and Human Rights Watch would like to cordially invite you to the 11th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, which will take place on November 23, 2011 from 9:30-13:30 (including lunch reception) at the Chateau de Penthes, 19 Chemin de l'Imperatrice, 1292 Pregny/Chambesy.

Our Conference will feature compelling victim testimonies and leave ample time for conversation. The focus of the first session will be North Korea’s political prison camp system, and a survivor who spent 28 years in the camp will speak. The second session will feature presentations regarding the abductions of South Koreans by the North Korean government.


We are aware that improving human rights conditions in North Korea is a daunting task. However, with the support of the UN and the international community, our conference can be a key step toward improvements in the lives and liberties of the North Korean people. Your participation would help promote and discuss this urgent cause and we thank you for your kind consideration of our invitation.




Benjamin H. Yoon                             Mara Arizaga                        Philippe Dam

Founder Chairman                 Geneva Representative                 Geneva Director

Citizens’ Alliance for                           Conectas                          Human Rights Watch

North Korean Human Rights 



Language of proceedings: English/Korean


November 23, 2011

Coffee, tea breakfast snacks will be served before the Conference (Salle des Cent-Suisses)


09:00    Sign-in for Participants (Salle Le Fort, Château de Penthes)

09:30 – 10:00   Opening Session (Salle Le Fort, Château de Penthes)   

Conference Moderator:
Jae-chun Won, Professor, Handong Univ. International Law School, ROK


Welcome Address

Benjamin H. Yoon, Chairman, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights

Mara Arizaga, Geneva Representative , Conectas Direitos Humanos

Philippe Dam, Geneva Director (Acting), Human Rights Watch



Welcome Remarks

Changkeun Yeh, Vice Governor of Gyeonggi Province, ROK


10:00 - 11:15      Session I: Forgotten Lives: Political Prison Camps in 
               North Korea


10:00 – 10:15     Political Prison Colonies in North Korea: System and Repercussions,
                                   Man-ho Heo,
Professor, Kyungpook National University, ROK


10:15 - 11:15      Conversation with Ms. Hye Sook KIM, Survivor of the Political Prison Camp No. 18 Arrived in South Korea in 2009. Conversation includes a special showing of her illustrations of the camp and a QA session.


11:15 – 12:15     Session II: Disappeared for decades: Abductees in North Korea


11:15 – 11:30     South Korean Abductees in the International Context
                            Jiyoon Cha, Attorney at Law, Just Law International, Jubilee Campaign,


11:30 – 12:15     Conversation with In Cheol HWANG, son of a passenger on the Korean Air Lines plane hijacked by North Korea and representative of the Families of KAL Abductees

                                   Conversation includes a special showing of original film footage and a QA  session.


12:15                 Closing Remarks


12:30 – 13:30     Lunch Reception for Participants (Gallatine, Château de Penthes)

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