March 19, 2014 · 7:30 PM
The world still has a huge number of states where there are abuses of human rights. It is often difficult for governments to do a great deal because of charges of hypocrisy and also because intervention is often counter productive.
But civil society can do something and can stand up for human rights wherever and whenever there is abuse. This webinar looks at what civil society can do and has done in North Korea. It will focus on the hopes for the future and how we can make change happen. Civil society perhaps more than governments have a vital role to play in defending human rights and this webinar provides a very good case study and a model for us all.
Kim Young-il, who escaped North Korea in 2001, will present the webinar. Once Young Il had the chance of living a legal life in South Korea he focussed on finishing his education and graduated from the Chinese Language Department at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul in 2006. That same year Young Il began creating PSCORE with an aim to help young defectors struggling to integrate in South Korea as well as highlight the human rights violations in North Korea. With first-hand experience of life both sides of the border Young Il has been able to create programmes that give the vital support vulnerable defectors need when arriving in South Korea. PSCORE is a small NGO working successfully with expats and locals to create a large body of volunteers, helping hundreds of young refugees. The organisation has been recognised internationally, achievingConsultative Status with the UN’s *ECOSOC and is now directly involved in the *UNHRC's Commission of inquiry into human rights atrocities in *DPRK.
PSCORE (‘People for Successful COreanREunification ) is a non-profit, grassroots *NGO based in Seoul.The organisation strives for mutual understanding and harmony between the two Koreas and aims to provide a platform to discuss topics such as democratization, human rights and social issues, as well as bridging the gap between South Korea, North Korea and the international community.
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