U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights to Visit South Korea

SEOUL - Julie Turner, the U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights, is set to visit South Korea this week. The visit aims to engage with Seoul officials and participate in events commemorating the 10th anniversary of a pivotal U.N. report on North Korea's human rights abuses.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Turner is scheduled to arrive in Seoul on Wednesday after her visit to Japan. This visit is part of a broader itinerary announced by the U.S. State Department, spanning from Monday through February 22. Foreign ministry spokesperson Lim Soo-suk highlighted the visit as an opportunity for South Korea and the United States to underscore their commitment to addressing and improving the human rights situation in North Korea.

While in Seoul, Turner will attend an event organized by the U.N. human rights office in Seoul to mark the decade since the release of the 2014 U.N. Commission of Inquiry (COI) report. This report accused North Korean officials of engaging in "systematic, widespread and gross" human rights violations and stands as the first U.N. document to thoroughly document such abuses. Additionally, Turner plans to visit organizations that provide support and education to North Korean defectors who have recently arrived in South Korea.

Turner's last visit to South Korea occurred in October of the previous year, shortly after she assumed her current role.

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