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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

In Case You Missed It: New US Sanctions Target North Korea on Human Rights

July 7, 2016 1 minute Read by Lindsay Lloyd
On July 6, the U.S. government took an unprecedented step to fight North Korea’s egregious human rights record.

North Korea already faces some of the toughest economic sanctions in the world, in response to its drive to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.  On July 6, the U.S. government took an unprecedented step to fight North Korea’s egregious human rights record.  The Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and other top officials for their role in human rights abuses.  Read more about these developments in the Washington Post.

North Korea is one of the world’s most repressive countries. Satellite images show the country – close to 47,000 square miles in size – sitting in virtual darkness. More than 24 million North Koreans live under tyranny. They are subjected to widespread human rights violations and denied fundamental rights like free expression, association, assembly, and religion.  Continue reading the Bush Institute's report on North Korea's human rights abuses, Light Through the Darkness.


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Lindsay Lloyd
Lindsay Lloyd

Lindsay Lloyd is the Deputy Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, where he manages original research and programmatic efforts to advance freedom and democracy in the world. Lindsay currently leads the Bush Institute’s Freedom in North Korea project, which raises awareness of human rights violations in North Korea, proposes new policy solutions, and engages leaders to help improve the lives of the North Korean people.  Lindsay is also responsible for managing the Freedom Collection, a multimedia archive that documents the stories of nonviolent freedom advocates from around the word. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Lindsay served for 16 years at the International Republican Institute (IRI), most recently as senior advisor for policy.   Previously, he was IRI’s regional director for Europe and co-director of the regional program for Central and Eastern Europe, which was based in Slovakia.  At IRI, Lindsay worked with candidates, elected officials, political parties, and civil society activists to develop lasting democratic institutions.

Before joining IRI, Lindsay worked for several members and the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, as political director for a political action committee, and for Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential campaign. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 

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