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North Korea’s Human Rights Violations and A Path of Action

North Korea’s Human Rights Violations and A Path of Action

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  • Wed 28 Sep ’16, 6:00pm – 7:30pm


The Rees Hotel, 377 Frankton Road, Queenstown


All Ages

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  • General admission: $5.00


Catalyst Trust

“Is it true what happened to you? Stories of North Korea’s human rights violations, and a path of action to make them otherwise” is Catalyst’s next talk by Dr. Bob Huish from Canada's Dalhousie University.

North Korean defector testimony is haunting. The narratives of abuse, degradation and extreme poverty are often beyond imagination. Each year, hundreds of North Koreans arrive as refugees to Seoul, while thousands more remain hidden in China. Their accounts of life under the Kim Regime’s Songbun system prompted the United Nations to condemn the regime, and many governments imposed sanctions on Pyongyang.

But is this enough to make political change or to help improve the lives of refugees? Dr Huish argues that the North Korean refugee crisis is one of the most complicated political geographies on the planet and that assistance will not come from government edict but from activism and defiance. This talk explores how these might challenge the Kim regime and help improve the lives of North Korean refugees.

Dr Bob Huish is currently the Ron Lister Fellow in University of Otago’s Geography Department. He is Associate Professor in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University and the recipient of an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada.

Dr Huish’s research includes several areas of Geography and International Development Studies related to health, social justice, and human rights. Author of two books and 30 articles and book chapters, his current research looks at human rights abuse and the refugee crisis within North Korea. In December 2015 Professor Huish’s undergraduate class on Social Justice and Activism assisted a North Korean refugee to escape the regime.

Please register at connect@catalystnz.org.

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