August 13, 2022

Human rights dialogue with North Korea a ‘top priority,’ new UN envoy says

Elizabeth Salmón says lack of dialogue an obstacle to improving situation, though some experts doubt value of engagement

Newly appointed U.N. special rapporteur for North Korean human rights Elizabeth Salmón said one of her top priorities will be to open lines of dialogue with DPRK authorities, issuing her first statement upon assuming the role on Monday.

Salmón said her approach stems from the fact that the “outright lack of dialogue channels” with Pyongyang has been one of the “greatest difficulties” to improving the human rights situation in North Korea.