|Robert Buckland MP hosts delegation to discuss human rights abuses in North Korea
12 June 2012
In his capacity as Chair of the Conservative Human Rights Commission, Robert Buckland MP today hosted a briefing for MPs about the state of human rights in North Korea. Members of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) attended the event, which was held in the House of Commons, to inform MPs on their work and how the United Kingdom is in a position to help.
“I was truly honoured to host members of the ICNK today in Parliament. They are working for a hugely worthwhile cause and I wish to lend them every possible hand that I am able to. I will continue to work with the ICNK and other human rights groups to try and secure a brighter future for the people of North Korea.”
On the panel were:
All three panellists have unparalleled knowledge about the human rights record of the North Korean state and gave MPs the benefit of their insight and expertise. The meeting discussed at length how the ICNK plans to put pressure on the North Korean Government and how it hopes to bring about an improvement in human rights with the hard-line communist state. A lot of discussion was focused on the gulag system, in which it is believed there are about 200,000 detainees in 6 camps, including many incarcerated for crimes of family members. This practice of ‘guilty by association’ is designed to give the Government maximum control over the population and is one of the most blatant and visible abuses of human rights that occurs on a daily basis in North Korea.
The briefing gave MPs a chance to hear first-hand about the struggle for democracy and human rights in North Korea, the appalling treatment of suspected dissidents and how Governments across the world are in a position to help in that fight.