May 22, 2024


Roberta Cohen

Roberta Cohen

Roberta Cohen is a Co-Chair Emeritus of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. A specialist in human rights, humanitarian and refugee issues, and a leading expert on internally displaced persons and on human rights conditions in the DPRK, her extensive career has spanned NGOs, the State Department, the United Nations and the Brookings Institution.


How the UN could help address China’s forced repatriation of North Koreans

The General Assembly has avoided calling out Beijing, but there may be diplomatic solutions to the human rights crisis

Roberta CohenRoberta CohenOctober 23, 2023

How the new UN human rights envoy can make a difference for North Koreans

Elizabeth Salmón will need to both engage Pyongyang and hold the regime accountable to succeed in difficult role

Roberta CohenRoberta CohenJuly 14, 2022

Holding to account: UN resolutions on DPRK human rights are not dead letters

While promoting reform is difficult, the UN can pressure North Korea to cooperate by documenting human rights concerns

Roberta CohenRoberta CohenDecember 16, 2021

Don’t sugarcoat it: Why candor is the best policy with North Korea

Ambassador Thomas Schäfer’s book shows the value of speaking truth to power about the unjust system under Kim Jong Un

Roberta CohenRoberta CohenAugust 30, 2021