Public invited to April 14 conference on the future of the Korean peninsula

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Apr 11, 2016

A conference to explore the future of the Korean peninsula, focusing on human rights violations in North Korea and the issue of defectors, will be held Thursday, April 14, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Center for Korean Studies Auditorium. 

The conference, scheduled from 12:30 to 5:45 p.m., is free and open to the public. It is jointly organized by William S. Richardson School of Law Associate Professor Tae-Ung Baik and School of Pacific and Asian Studies Assistant Professor Young-a Park.

Titled “North Korean Human Rights, South Korea’s Defector Aid Programs, and the Future of the Korean Peninsula,” the gathering will also look at the issue of defector youths and the situation of children of defectors born outside Korea.

Additional participants include:

* Jae-Hee Cho, Director of Daegu Hana Center for North Korean Migrants.

* Young-Chul Heo, Vice President, Empathy SEEDS (Social Enterprise for Exchange Development and Sustainability).

* Joanna Hosaniak, Deputy Director General, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights.

* Jane Kim, Secretary General, Daegu Hana Center for North Korean Migrants.

* Yeo Sang Yoon, Chief Director, North Korean, Human Rights Archives, and Assistant Professor, University of North Korean Studies.

“With the recent rise of security threats and tensions between the two Koreas, North Korea has drawn international attention. It is one of the most repressive countries in the world, with more than 20,000 defectors, and the United Nations and many other institutions have been addressing North Korea’s human rights crisis," said Professor Tae-Ung Bai.  "The Center for Korean Studies presents a forum to discuss the challenging conditions in North Korea, South Korea’s program to accommodate defectors, and the future of the two Koreas.”

For further information, including access for the handicapped, call the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956-7041.