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Date : April 24, 2017
Unprotected and Exploited: North Korean Women and Children

Side Event at the 34th session of UN HRC


Title: Unprotected and Exploited: North Korean Women and Children

Co-host organizations: HRW, PSCORE, CSW, HRWF (Human Rights Without Frontiers), Jubilee Campaign, Yonsei Center for Human Liberty, and ICNK

Date & Time: 14:00-15:30, March 10th

Venue: Room XXVI, Palais des Nations

Background

  • In late 2017, there will be reviews on the situation of children and women of North Korea in CRC and CEDAW. Therefore, there is a need to discuss and specify problems of rights for women and children during the UN HRC session

  • The situation of labor exploitation and violation of freedoms of thoughts and __EXPRESSION__ could show very well the reality of “systematic, widespread, and gross” human rights violations in North Korea. In that sense, women and children are the most vulnerable group of victims in North Korea.

  • At the 34th session of HRC, the report of the Group of Independent Experts will be revealed and therefore there is a need to link the specific human rights violations with mechanisms or approaches to ensure accountability for crimes against humanity. Also, children and women are the most vulnerable group of people in North Korea to crimes against humanity in North Korea.


Purpose of the event:

  • To assess the situation in North Korea regarding children’s education and the indoctrination that occurs there.

  • To assess the impact of childhood forced labor and exploitation.

  • To activate discussion on accountability for crimes against humanity by addressing the human rights issues of children and women.

  • To encourage the UN mechanisms such as CRC, CEDAW, SR on contemporary form of slavery, other special procedures to the agendas of rights for children and women in North Korea


Date & Time: 14:00-15:30, March 10th

Venue: Room XXVI

Schedule

Role

Speaker

Minutes

Topic

Video screening

(While people being seated to drag people's attention)

7


Moderator

(TBD)

3

Introduction to speakers and agendas, etc.

Keynote Speech

SR on DPRK

10

The SR report and situation of children and women in NK

Testimonies

Kim Young Il, PSCORE

7

Introduction to indoctrination and forced labor through school system in NK


Lee Soo Yun, PSCORE

10

Indoctrination and forced labor of children through school


Lee So Yeon, from New Korea

8

Women's rights - the military, & discrimination, sexual harassment or violence in the NK women's lives


Park Kyung Ho invited by ICNK

8

Children rights - forced labor through orphanage and dolgyeokdae


Sonja Biserko, expert of GIE

13

Accountability based on the GIE report regarding rights for children and women


Q & A

24




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