Human Rights and North Korea's Overseas Laborers: Dilemmas and Policy Challenges

 
Date & Time: 
Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: 
KEI Conference Facility
1800 K Street NW
Washington, DC
Description: 

The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights and the Korea Economic Institute of America Present:

 

Human Rights and North Korea's Overseas Laborers:
Dilemmas and Policy Challenges
 

Tuesday | May 12, 2015
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

KEI Conference Facility

 

 

For more than 70 years, the North Korean state has been exporting its laborers overseas in an effort to secure ample amounts of foreign currency for its nuclear and missile development programs. As a result, thousands of North Korean laborers work excessive hours, in dangerous conditions, and only receive a fraction of their legal salaries. Therefore it is imperative that this issue is brought to the attention of the international community in order to bring more light to the issue by providing new facts and professional analysis.

 

 

With this goal in mind, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) and the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) are co-hosting a conference on the human rights conditions of North Korean laborers. NKDB researchers, KEI staff and other prominent North Korean and human rights specialists will gather together for presentation and discussion of the severe labor rights and basic human rights violations faced by North Korean laborers overseas. Additional information will be provided by a North Korean defector, who worked for about 2 years overseas, and will share his witness testimony with the audience. 

Welcoming Remarks

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm

 

Donald Manzullo

President & CEO
Korea Economic Institute of America

 

Yeo-sang Yoon

President
Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

 

Keynote Speech

2:10 pm - 2:25 pm

 

T. Kumar

International Advocacy Director

 

Amnesty International USA

 

 

Panel I: Human Rights Conditions of

Overseas Laborers from North Korea

2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

 

Speaker:
 
Seung-Ju Lee

Researcher

Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

 

Discussant:

 

Sarah Mendelson

Senior Adviser and Director of the Human Rights Initiative
Center for Strategic and International Studies

 

Testimony by:

 

North Korean Witness

 

Moderated by:

 

Roberta Cohen
Nonresident Senior Fellow

 

Brookings Institution

 

Panel II: Policy Recommendations for Resolving the
Human Rights Violations Suffered by North Korean Migrant Workers

4:00 pm - 5:20 pm

 

Marcus Noland

Executive Vice President & Director of Studies
Peterson Institute for International Studies

 

Yeo-sang Yoon

President
Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

 

Scott Snyder
Senior Fellow for Korea Studies & Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy
Council on Foreign Relations

 

Moderated by:

 

Troy Stangarone

Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade

Korea Economic Institute of America 

 

 

Closing Remarks

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm

 

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