Please Address North Korean Human Rights Agenda at the Third Inter-Korean Summit.
Please Address North Korean Human Rights Agenda
at the Third Inter-Korean Summit.
On the morning of September 17th, the day before the third inter-Korean summit, Ji Seong-ho NAUH (Now Action & Unity for Human rights) representative, held an emergency press conference in front of the National Assembly. When peace is being discussed after the second inter-Korean summit, North Korea decided to punish defectors at the level of punishing political prisoners. We wonder who this ‘peace’ applies to.
It has been a year since the New Berlin Declaration was proclaimed, where President Moon Jae-in has said he would "voice to the international community about the harsh human rights situation of the North Korean people." However, the North Korean Human Rights Foundation has not yet been launched, and the Korean government has not responded to North Korean defectors who are captured in China or repatriated to North Korea. We wonder what kind of human rights improvement and cooperation have been led since the summit.
Therefore, NAUH has issued an official statement saying, "Peace is important, and we agree with the position and direction of the South Korean government. However, from the third summit, we request that the North Korean human rights agenda be treated at an equal level. We will also make it clear that North Korea's human rights are not the subordination of peace, but the premise of peace.“ In addition, if addressing human rights issues cannot be done, we want the government to appeal to at least the relevant organizations to ask for a road map of how to resolve North Korean human rights. In the afternoon of September 17th, we had a press conference with several foreign reporters in front of the Blue House. We will look forward to the day when the human rights will be regarded as a prerequisite for peace through our small voice.