December 08, 2022

Three years since its passage, South Korea’s North Korea human rights law stalls

Despite law's approval in 2016, highly-anticipated Human Rights Foundation still not functioning

In the wake of recent reporting from the UN on the dire human rights conditions in North Korea, and Pyongyang's rejection of much-needed food aid, many might have been reminded of the status of the implementation of the North Korean Human Rights Act (NKHRA), signed into law by the South Korean government in September 2016.

When the NKHRA was passed in the National Assembly it was considered a great achievement, given that the first draft of the bill was proposed to the South Korean parliament in 2005.