The Human Liberty Center, established in January 2014 at the Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, South Korea, brings together the international diplomatic community as well as North Korean human rights groups and the leadership of more than 50 nations.
The center’s main mandate is to support the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea and to provide a foundation and leading voice in raising awareness of human rights violations and urging countries to play a more active role in holding the North Korean regime accountable.
The center is chaired by Human Liberty founding board member Ambassador Lee Jong-Hoon, a professor at Yonsei University’s GSIS.
Ambassador Lee said publicly, “More active international pressure is needed to prosecute the North Korea regime regarding its serious human rights violations as war criminals in the Third Reich were prosecuted” and pointed out while a red line has been drawn by the international community for missile testing and weapons proliferation, Human Liberty will work on urging the world to draw a red line to deliver a clear message that no more human rights abuses will be accepted.
Human Liberty recently partnered with law global law firm Hogan Lovells to produce an independent legal opinion on the North Korean human rights situation to support the UN COI on Human Rights in North Korea. The report is notable because the Republic of Korea’s government allowed access to additional material beyond that available to the UN COI. Also key is the report is expected to illustrate integral connection between the North Korea’s nuclear program and their systemic human rights violations.
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