North Korea: The Human Condition and Security Nexus


The Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), the George W. Bush Institute, the Yonsei Center for Human Liberty, and the National Endowment for Democracy will host a special event on the nexus of North Korean human rights and security issues.

This full-day gathering commemorates the two-year anniversary of the publication of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry report and subsequent UN action to address North Korea’s human rights violations. Featured speakers and panelists will discuss accountability for North Korean human rights abuses, feature new data and research, examine the link between human and national security, and investigate policy prospects for 2016 as they seek to deepen understanding of the human condition in North Korea and formulate practical solutions. A distinguished assembly of speakers and panel discussants will gather at CSIS, including:

Michael Kirby
Chair, United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea
Former Justice of the Australian High Court

Sonja Biserko
President, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
Member, United Nations Committee of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea

Marzuki Darusman (invited)
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation on Human Rights in the DPRK
Member, United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea

Signe Poulsen
Head, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Seoul

Robert King
Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, U.S. Department of State

Confirmed RSVPs are required for admittance.

Feb 19, 2016 from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm


09:00 – 10:00 AM       Opening Ceremony

10:15 – 11:45 AM          Accountability for Human Rights Abuses

11:45 – 12:15 PM          Luncheon

12:15 – 01:30 PM         Policy Prospects in 2016

01:45 – 03:00 PM        New Research on North Korean Human Rights Documentation

03:15 – 04:15 PM         Witness to Tyranny: Survival and Escape from the DPRK

04:15 – 04:20 PM          Conference Adjournment

04:30 – 06:00 PM          Inaugural Fred Iklé Lecture

(Separate registration for the Fred Iklé reception and lecture required to Rosa Park at by Feb. 17, 2016.)

Dinner and lecture hosted by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, featuring remarks by Justice Michael Kirby.

Featuring: Justice Michael Kirby

Former Chair, UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea

Introductory Remarks: HRNK Co-chair Emeritus Roberta Cohen

Please join HRNK for our first annual lecture celebrating the legacy of the late Dr. Fred C. Iklé, former HRNK Board member. Fifteen years after its founding, HRNK continues to be a strong organization with a record of original research and well-received publications on North Korean human rights in no small part because of Dr. Iklé’s ideas, passion, and reputation.

Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2nd Floor Conference Center, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036

Feb 19, 2016 4:30 pm

RSVPs are required. Please RSVP to Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs, at by Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

​Buffet and open bar will be provided at the event.

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