Transcript of Canadian Parliamentary Hearing on North Korean Human Rights

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In the last issue of CanKor Report (#333) we asked a number of questions regarding a hearing on North Korean human rights held on Canada’s Parliament Hill on the 1st and 3rd February by the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. These are the questions we puzzled over:

  • Who came up with the idea of this hearing?
  • Who chose the two “witnesses” that appeared in this hearing?
  • Why was not a single Canadian asked to present a brief or act as a witness?
  • Why were Canadian NGOs and academics with a track record of dealing with the DPRK excluded from participating?
  • Why was the largest Canadian organization dealing with North Korean human rights and refugees (HanVoice) not even invited to attend?
  • Were the dates chosen to send a message to the DPRK on the 10th anniversary of our diplomatic relations? Read the rest of this entry »
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