President Trump must raise human rights concerns with Kim Jong Un
BY JACK RENDLER, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
While nuclear disarmament is expected to be the focus of the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea on June 12 in Singapore, there is another significantly dangerous issue that should also have a place in the negotiations: the violation of nearly the full spectrum of human rights of the 25 million North Korean people by the government in Pyongyang. Protecting their human rights is no less important than getting a commitment from North Korea to denuclearize.
In a landmark report released in 2014, a United Nations Commission of Inquiry led by Australian Justice Michael Kirby found that the North Korean government has been committing systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights, including crimes against humanity “that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.” ......