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Seminar and Survey Report Release

Defector Perspectives on Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in North Korea: Planning for Victim-Centred Transitional Justice

■ 26 February 2019, 2.00 – 4.30pm
■ Space Raon (1F Raon Hall, TV Chosun C-Square Bldg., 40 Sejong-daero
21-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
※ Simultaneous English/Korean interpretation is provided
■ Organiser: Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG)
■ Sponsor: UniKorea Foundation

*To RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/9Z57k8y83p4qwrcJ2*

Seminar Poster for TJWG Survey Release Event on Defector Perspectives on Accountability

*■ Seminar Description:*
This seminar will serve as the launch of the report of the Transitional Justice Working Group’s multi-year survey project on the potential application of a transitional justice process to deal with human rights abuses committed in North Korea, when the opportunity arises. The report discusses the importance of, and possibilities for the engagement of human rights abuse victims in planning for transitional justice. It provides data on North Korean defector experiences of violence and abuse, their perceptions of victimhood, experiences of the enforced disappearance of family members, as well as their opinions on the mechanisms that might best serve individual and collective social healing for the North Korean people in the future. The report’s findings will be used to inform civil society planning for the incorporation of transitional justice measures into a future process of inter-Korean unification, while ensuring the population most affected by human rights abuses has a voice in the design and implementation of such a process. Alongside presentation of the report by TJWG’s Research Director, Dr. Sarah A. Son, there will be a presentation by TJWG’s Researcher, Dr. Hyerin Yang, on her PhD research into Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) among North Korean adolescent defectors, recently completed at the Yonsei University School of Social Welfare. This research provides further important insights into the needs and characteristics of the North Korean defectors, which should inform how civil society and government institutions engage with this community.

*■ Moderator:*
Dr. Sung-han Kim | Dean and Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Korea University

*■ Presenters:*
“Defector Perspectives on Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in North Korea: Planning for Victim-Centred Transitional Justice”
Dr. Sarah A. Son | Research Director at TJWG and Research Professor at Korea University Human Rights Center

“Traumatic Event Experiences and Post-traumatic Growth (PTG) among North Korean Adolescent Refugees in South Korea”
Dr. Hyerin Yang | Researcher at TJWG

*■ Discussants:*
Dr. Kyong Hui Choi | President, South And North Development Institute (SAND)
Dr. Buhm-Suk Baek | Assistant Professor, College of International Studies, Kyung-Hee University
Dr. Joanna Hosaniak | Deputy Director General, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR)




Download our report:

Mapping Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea report cover
Mapping Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea:
Mass Graves, Killing Sites, and Documentary Evidence
(pdf)

Press Release (pdf)


Media Coverage

Mapping the Brutality of North Korea,
and Where the Bodies Are Buried

New York Times

Where are the bodies buried in North Korea?
Investigators try to prepare for future trials.

Washington Post

N. Korean defectors show locations of mass graves using Google Earth
Ars Technica




Conference & Workshops

Amassing Evidence: Applying Information Technology and Forensic Science in Human Rights Documentation

Conference: July 25, 2017, 9:30-5 at The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Practitioner Workshop (by invitation): July 26–27, 9:30-6 at Korea University

Click here to download the conference book (pdf).
Click here to download the agenda and directions (pdf).
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