SEOUL — In the first half of this year, experts from South Korea and the United States will convene in Seoul to discuss the human rights situation in North Korea, commemorating the 10th anniversary of a pivotal U.N. report on the issue. The U.N. Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea, established in March 2013, was tasked with investigating the extensive human rights violations within the country. Its findings, published in February 2014, detailed systematic, widespread, and severe violations by North Korean officials and offered recommendations for addressing these issues.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the forthcoming international forum will facilitate discussions among government officials and experts, both in person and virtually. The agenda will focus on the persistent human rights abuses in North Korea and explore strategies to ameliorate the situation. This event follows a previous forum held last year by the ministry to celebrate the decade since the COI's inception, underscoring the ongoing international concern and effort to address human rights in North Korea.