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UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW
Submission for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
By Keiko Kawai
(name changed for security)
Fifteen years ago I left my parents, brothers and friends behind and set out for Japan, a country whose ways I knew nothing about. This move has brought dramatic changes to my life; meanwhile my heart – my determination and my commitment to a better life – has never wavered.
The new currency system initiated in November 2009 by North Korea has led to serious confusion in the country’s economy. As a result, poverty continues to deepen. Around November 2010, even in Pyongyang where relatively privileged people live, the supply of food has stopped. The currency revaluation slashed the currency to 1/100 of its previous value, but by March 2011, the price of rice per kilogram had risen to 1800 NKW. This is the same price it was before currency reform, and it indicates a complete failure of the government’s plan to suck money from its citizens.
Nothing New from Lee Myung-bak
South Korea’s pro-North stance, including its Sunshine Policy and its Engagement Policy implemented by the regimes of Kim Dae-jung and Roh-Moo-hyun, has caused untold suffering for the North Korean people and North Korean defectors due to rampant human rights violations.
Agenda for Tokyo Seminar
“North Korean Children Beyond the Border” a documentary film (20minutes) to be played continuously as people enter…
Hiroshi Kato, Secretariat
Director of Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR)
|14:00||State of Human Rights in Asia
Tokyo Director of Human Rights Watch
|14:20||Human Trafficking Forum
Stories from the victims
Opening remarks – Introduction
Testimony from victims
Participants Q & A
Trafficked North Korean women and their Children in China
Director of International Relations, LFNKR
The invisible trafficking to China from Kachin State in Myanmar
Director of Kachin Women’s Association in Thailand
Trafficking of North Koreans in China
Representative of Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition Japan
Reception condition of women and children asylum seekers in Japan
Secretary general of Japan Association for Refugees
Resettlement of North Korean Women and children in Japan
Representative of Society to Help Returnees to North Korea
Refugees and Human Rights in Asia
The Right Clothes Make a Person Invisible
For North Korean refugees hiding in China, the wrong clothes can mean arrest, repatriation and hard prison time. That is why their aim is to blend in, look like the Chinese locals, and escape notice. When warmer weather comes, if they are seen still wearing winter clothing, the Chinese police notice it immediately. Being noticed by the police automatically means arrest for them, followed quickly by forcible return to North Korea where harsh punishment awaits them.
The “North Korean Holocaust Exhibition” was held from November 8 – 10, 2004, at the National Assembly Members Building in Yeoido, Seoul, Korea. This event, the equivalent of an exhibition in the US Capitol, marked the formal launch of this powerful and dramatic depiction of the suffering of the North Korean people.