Media Advisory: United States to Co-Host UN Side Event on North Korean Human Rights

December 7, 2017


On Monday, December 11, the Missions of the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom will jointly host “North Korea Human Rights: The Terrifying Experiences of Forcibly Repatriated North Korean Women.” The event will feature testimony from a North Korean survivor, who will describe her ordeals and the chilling experiences she endured when repatriated multiple times to North Korea. Michael Kirby, former Justice of the Australian High Court and former Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK, and David Hawk, former Executive Director of Amnesty International and North Korea human rights expert and author of The Hidden Gulag, will also share their perspectives. Their remarks will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. EST in Conference Room 1 at UN Headquarters, immediately following the UN Security Council’s morning meeting. The event will be livestreamed at

Media interested in attending the event should RSVP to Kenzi Green ( by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8.