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International Cooperation on Human Rights

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS: FULL REPORT

During the past decade, the Global Peace Foundation, Action for Korea United and their partners have been consistently promoting international support for nuclear-free and Korean-led peaceful unification to uphold freedom, democratic values, rule of law and human rights, as an urgent, not a distant goal, based on the shared identity and cultural heritage of the Korean people.

The International Forum on One Korea virtual forum series convene prominent scholars, policymakers, journalists, and civil society leaders from Korea and the global community to examine the new circumstances, identify new opportunities and develop a more specific roadmap for a Free and Unified Korea predicated on the ideals embodied in the ancient Korean ethos of Hongik Ingan – Living for the Greater Benefit of All Humanity.

The free world has made much effort to advance human dignity and freedom in North Korea, recognizing that the cruel circumstances there require action as a moral imperative. Decades of multilateral negotiations, backed at some times with copious financial aid and others by severe sanctions, have failed to realize denuclearization or to alleviate the dire realities for the people of the Hermit Kingdom.  

As the disturbing recent changes in Hong Kong and the repeated flouting of treaties by North Korea make clear, protection of human rights requires constant vigilance and should never be relegated to low priority status. The resolution of the human rights crisis on the Korean peninsula can finally be achieved through principled reunification; that requires the peaceful transformation of state actors to uphold the rule of law and human rights of all people. This forum seeks urgent and practical action to advance human rights in North Korea toward the goal of the Free and Unified Korea.


Program

MCGreg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, Committee of Human Rights on North Korea 

Opening remarks

  • Mr. James Flynn International President, Global Peace Foundation
  • Dr. Jai-poong Ryu President, One Korea Foundation
  • Mr. Inteck Seo Co-Chair of Action for Korea United
  • International consensus building 
    Hon. Masaharu Nakagawa Member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan, co-founder of International Parliamentarians’ Coalition for the North Korean Refugees and Human Rights 
     
  • Rescue and relief of North Korean refugees 
    Rev. Kenneth Bae President, Nehemiah Global Initiative
     
  • Abolition of concentration camps and Religious Freedom
    Ms. Olivia Enos
     Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation 
     
  • Sending information into North Korea and building a network of North Korean refugees 
    Mr. Hyunseung Lee  consultant of North Korea issues, North Korean defector 

Q & A session 


SPEAKERS

Welcoming Remarks

Mr. James P. Flynn is International President of the Global Peace Foundation. As the executive officer of a large, global network of chapters, he provides leadership and management for Global Peace Foundation’s diverse portfolio of peacebuilding and international development work. His robust leadership is reflected in the planning and convening of Global Peace Leadership Conferences on four continents and in the preeminent Global Peace Convention, as well as in the organization’s branding, educational content, and operational management. Mr. Flynn has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than thirty years, and served as an educator, international conflict mediator, interfaith facilitator, and grassroots leader of family strengthening and youth violence prevention programs.

Mr. Inteck Seo is President of Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Korea and co-chair of Action for Korea United, a coalition of over 850 NGOs committed to building a grassroots movement to support Korean reunification. Mr. Seo has been involved with many of GPF’s ground-breaking initiatives to advance awareness and advocacy for Korean reunification and overseas development work. He was instrumental in the launch of the All-Lights Village Project that uses solar powered lanterns to spark community development through improved literacy, entrepreneurship, economic opportunity and security.

Dr. Jai Poong Ryu Portrait

Dr. Jai-poong Ryu is a Professor Emeritus at Loyola University, and Founder, One Korea Foundation. BA from Law College Seoul National University: PhD/sociology from University Minnesota. Main interest areas: macro-sociological interpretation of history, conflict resolution, and social institutions, also served as advisor to two Baltimore mayors and US Census Bureau, in 2015 for the 70th commemoration of Korea’s liberation and division, Ryu led OKF for 1Dream1Korea Campaign at Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Hill with Global Peace Foundation.
 

MC

Greg Scarlatoiu
is the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, D.C. He is a visiting professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul and instructor and coordinator of the Korean Peninsula and Japan class at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.  Scarlatoiu is vice president of the executive board of the International Council on Korean Studies. Scarlatoiu holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Seoul National University’s Department of International Relations. He graduated from the MIT XXI Seminar for U.S. national security leaders in 2016-2017. Scarlatoiu was awarded the title ‘Citizen of Honor, City of Seoul,’ in January 1999. He is fluent in Korean, French, and Romanian. https://www.hrnk.org

Panelists

Hon. Masaharu Nakagawa  is an eight-term member of the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan; former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; former Chair of Foreign Relations and Security Research Committee; Co-Chair of the International Parliamentarians' Coalition for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights since 2003. He graduated from Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service) in the USA. Currently he is working on issues relating to joint studies of the histories of Japan and South Korea, ethnic groups in Myanmar, and acceptance of foreigners and multicultural coexistence in Japan and civil society internationally. 

Rev. Kenneth Bae, president of Nehemiah Global Initiative and founder and president of North Korea Relief, was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1985. He attended the University of Oregon and Covenant Seminary in St. Louis before moving to China in 2006. In addition to missionary work, he worked in the travel and tourism industry, with a passion to introduce westerners to the untainted beauty of North Korea while contributing to North Korea’s economic development. He was detained in North Korea in 2012 and became the longest held American detainee since the Korean War, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. He was released in 2014 after 735 days of detention. Rev. Bae is an ordained Southern Baptist pastor, the author of the book Not Forgotten. https://ngikorea.org/eng https://nkrelief.org

Ms. Olivia Enos, senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, focuses on human rights and national security challenges in Asia. Her research spans a wide range of subjects, including democracy and governance challenges, human trafficking and human smuggling, religious freedom, refugee issues, and other social challenges in the region. Enos has a bi-monthly column in Forbes where she writes on the intersection between human rights challenges and national security concerns. Enos received a bachelor’s degree in government from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., and received a master of arts degree in Asian studies at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. www.heritage.org/staff/olivia-enos

Mr. Hyun Seung Lee is a highly sought-after consultant specialized in North Korea affairs for a variety of think tanks and NGOs in the Washington, D.C. area. As a son of a high-ranking official, Hyun-Seung Lee was raised in an elite environment with the most prestigious opportunities available in North Korean society. After graduating summa cum laude from Pyongyang Foreign Language School, he volunteered as a sergeant for the Korean People’s Army. Promoted from a young age to the Korean Workers Party, he served as Chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League in the Dalian, China branch while studying at China Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. He then worked in DPRK-China business relations as Deputy General Manager at Korea Miyang Shipping Corporation, an entity owned by the Kim regime. With the start of a series of Kim’s brutal purges, he and his family defected in 2014 and is now settled in the United States. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvvjSQORbKxnfK8JtnscJjQ