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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 abuses in North Korea. Now that this information is available, how can leaders in the United States use it to help the suffering North Korean people?
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. Dr. Cha is currently 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. Dr. Cha published his newest book, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future, in 2012.
In this clip, Victor Cha offers suggestions on how U.S. leaders can challenge North Korea on its deplorable human rights record and help North Koreans:
Christopher Walsh serves as Senior Program Manager for the Human Freedom and Women's 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.Full Bio
Q&A with North Korean escapee Peter Oh
Peter Oh is a 2019 North Korea Freedom Scholarship recipient who is pursuing his master’s degree in international policy and practice at George Washington University. He and his younger brother escaped North Korea in 2000 in search for food. He lived in China for three years before seeking asylum in South Korea with the help of Christian missionaries. He became a reporter for Radio Free Asia in Seoul and in 2010 was transferred to the Washington, D.C. office to report on North Korean issues.
Q&A with North Korean escapee Debby Kim
Debby Kim, a two-time North Korea Freedom Scholarship recipient, is a sophomore biochemistry major at Wheaton College in Illinois and an aspiring doctor. She escaped North Korea when she was 13 years old.
Q&A with North Korean escapee LK*
LK, a three-time North Korea Freedom Scholarship recipient, is an electrical and computer engineering student at a university in Illinois. A former member of the North Korean Army, LK remains anonymous to protect family members still living in North Korea.