November 29, 2023

US Senate appoints North Korean human rights envoy after six-year vacancy

Julie Turner has said she seeks to empower DPRK escapees and resume Security Council briefings on country’s human rights

The U.S. Senate has appointed longtime State Department official Julie Turner to serve as special envoy on North Korean human rights issues, filling a position that has been vacant for more than six years.

Congressional records released Thursday show that the Senate approved Turner’s nomination to serve in ambassador-rank role, more than six months after President Joe Biden nominated her in January.