December 05, 2023

South Korean ministry to investigate forced labor in North Korea

Human rights inquiry to include interviews with defectors as Yoon administration continues to spotlight abuses in DPRK

The South Korean government will launch its first investigation into compulsory or forced labor in North Korea, the unification ministry has announced, as part of ongoing efforts to spotlight human rights violations in the country.

The focal point of the inquiry will be changes in forced labor practices since current DPRK leader Kim Jong Un took power in 2011, according to a call for submissions for researchers uploaded to the ministry’s website last Wednesday.