North Korean Gulag Conference to be held in Washington DC


The US-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) has announced that a one-day conference will be held in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, 10 April 2012, entitled “Hidden Gulag: Exposing North Korea’s Political Prisoner Camp System & Calling for Its Complete, Verifiable, and Irreversible Dismantlement”. The conference is organized together with the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, and will be hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics at the C. Fred Bergsten Conference Center (1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036).

Two CanKor Brain Trust members have prominent parts in the proceedings. As Chair of HRNK, Roberta Cohen (Non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution) will make opening remarks. David Hawk, author of “Hidden Gulag” (First & Second Edition), will be the first presenter in the first panel of the conference. 

Among the other presenters are: Blaine Harden and Shin Dong-hyuk, authors of “Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West”, Kang Chol-hwan, author of “The Aquariums of Pyongyang”, and Gordon Chang, author of “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World”.

Luncheon keynote addresses will be given by Ambassador Robert King, U.S. Special Envoy for North Human Rights, and Mr. Marzuki Darusman, UN Special Rapporteur on the North Korean Human Rights Situation.

Titles of the five panels are as follows:

1: Hidden Gulag
2: Born in the Hidden Gulag
3: Women and the Hidden Gulag
4: Lessons Learned from the Dismantlement of Nazi Concentration Camps and the Soviet Gulag
5: Seeking Legal and International Human Rights Remedies and Dealing with Prisoners’ Claims

For more information, please click on: draft conference agenda

Those wishing to attend should contact:

Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director
Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 435
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone (202) 499-7973
http://www.hrnk.org

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