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Victor Cha on the U.N. Commission of Inquiry's North Korea Report

March 10, 2014 2 minute Read by Christopher Walsh

This post originally appeared on the Freedom Collection. Sign up to receive regular updates on freedom and democracy issues here or follow on Twitter @FRDMCollection.

On February 17, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea released its landmark report condemning the state of freedom and human rights in North Korea.  Michael Kirby, the COI’s chairman, suggested that the situation was similar to the crimes committed by the Nazis during World War II.

Following the release of the COI report, the Freedom Collection sat down with the former Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, Dr. Victor Cha, to discuss the report’s findings and broader implications for U.S. policy on North Korea.  Presently, Cha is a professor at the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He also serves as Senior Adviser and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Cha published his newest book, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future, in 2012.  

In this clip, Cha assesses Michael Kirby’s claim that Nazi-like crimes are being committed in North Korea:

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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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