March 22, 2023
Interviews

North Korean human rights or human rights for all?

Expert says no dialogue, politically motivated bills won’t lead to more rights for N.Koreans

Seoul’s North Korea human rights bill passed the National Assembly on March 2, after an 11-year of the campaign. The conservative Saenuri Party and civil activists welcomed the bill, saying it was shameful to have waited so long to pass it. Observers have long spoken of an apparent disinterest among South Korea’s progressive politicians, activists and scholars toward North Korean human rights, rooted in their political interests.

But one scholar, speaking on this issue from a progressive perspective, denies this.