What does new leadership in North Korea mean for human rights?

Roberta Cohen of the US-Korea Institute outlines the benchmarks that can be used to gauge whether North Korea is making any progress toward improving its record on human rights.

Cohen also notes that whether the North Korean regime moves forward also reflects the commitment of the international community to protecting and respecting human rights.

“Tacit support has been given to Kim Jong Un by the international community. Wary of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and aggressive stance toward the South, and fearful of possible refugee flows and instability, China, the United States and other countries have made ‘stability’ their principal objective. However, in the process of doing so, they have largely sidelined the equally compelling need for justice and human rights,” she writes.


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