Regarding Rights

Academic and activist perspectives on human rights


Leave a comment

From Cold War to Human Security: The Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

By Christoph Sperfeldt

Centre for International Governance & Justice, ANU

Public Hearings held in Tokyo by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea © OHCHR

Public Hearings held in Tokyo by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
© OHCHR

On 17 February 2014, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) presented its long-awaited final report [1], which was shortly afterwards “categorically” rejected by DPRK representatives as a “sheer fabrication”.

The report is the culmination of more than a decade of advocacy efforts by non-governmental organisations and United Nations human rights bodies to shift the world’s attention from security and nuclear concerns in its relations with North Korea to ongoing serious human rights violations in the DPRK. Continue Reading →