May 25, 2024

Seoul holds first high-level meeting on North Korean human rights in two years

NGOs say meeting of unification ministry council a step in right direction as situation in DPRK worsens during pandemic

South Korean officials from across the government met Thursday to discuss human rights in North Korea for the first time in two years, a development that activists say signals the Yoon administration’s interest in elevating the issue within its inter-Korean policy priorities.

Vice minister of unification Kim Ki-woong led the meeting of the Council on North Korean Human Rights, along with other foreign and justice ministry officials and Seoul’s recently appointed ambassador for North Korean human rights Lee Shin-wha. 

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