“The international community needs to find ways to improve human rights through SDGs that are interested in North Korea”

The National Assembly Human Rights Forum, the Asian Human Rights League, and the North Korean Democratization Network held a seminar on the subject of ‘SDGs and North Korean human rights’ in Yeouido. /Photo = Daily NK

Experts suggested that the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) could increase the level of interest and cooperation in North Korean human rights.

Lee Joo-young, an associate professor of research at Seoul National University’s Human Rights Center, pointed out this at a seminar called ‘SDGs and North Korean Human Rights’ co-hosted by the National Assembly Human Rights Forum, Asian Human Rights Federation, and North Korean Democratization Network in Yeouido on the 9th.

Associate Professor Lee said, “North Korea has an attitude of rebelling against the UN resolution on human rights in North Korea by interfering in its internal affairs and violating its sovereignty. It is positive in terms of the possibility of cooperation to improve human rights.”

According to Professor Lee, North Korea’s agreement to apply a human rights-based approach in its cooperative strategy with UN agencies was mediated by the relatively easy-to-accept SDGs.

In this regard, in 2016, North Korea agreed to the ‘UN Strategic Framework 2017-2021 DPRK’ with the UN Country Team, led by the UN Resident Coordinator, to achieve the SDGs. .

Through this, North Korea has selected four priorities: food and nutrition, social services, and promotion of resilience and sustainability.

In addition, the seminar discussed the human rights issues and improvement directions that North Korea presented in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) submitted to the UN in July.

In this regard, North Korea has set four national development goals (NDGs) through the VNR. North Korea’s NDGs are ▲strengthening the people’s government and realizing people’s first principle, ▲development of all sectors based on science and education, ▲building a self-reliance and knowledge-based economy, and ▲building a fully developed socialist culture.

Kwon Eun-kyung, CEO of North Korea Democratization Network, said, “Some SDGs will be achieved if North Korea solves the problems of systematic extortion and bribery. do,” he said

“The North Korean authorities must abolish the compulsion to carry out economic tasks through the party organization,” Kwon said. The practice of providing cash or labor must be eradicated,” he said.

He also insisted, “The battle for supporting rural children in the busy farming season should be stopped immediately.

In addition, CEO Kwon said, “The international community should also cooperate to develop an effective, transparent and accountable system for quality education opportunities for children through the support of ‘Social Development Services’ under the UN Strategic Plan 2017-2021.” “International organizations and related countries should include education to raise awareness of corruption among North Korean participants as part of the project contract,” he added.

In addition, experts who participated in the seminar pointed out the problems of prison facilities in North Korea and the human rights of children and women, and suggested ways to solve the problems through the SDGs. He urged the North Korean authorities and the international community to be at the level of development and cooperation, and proposed various recommendations.


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