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Human Rights and Denuclearisation in North Korea: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Main Image Credit A propaganda poster on the streets of Kaesong, North Korea. A 2014 UN report outlines indoctrination carried out in schools and forced participation in propaganda events as some of the main human rights abuse charges levelled against the North Korean regi

If long-term peace is to be achieved and denuclearisation completed, addressing North Korea’s human rights situation must become part of the process. Without this, it will be impossible to remove all sources of perceived hostility and North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

Since the end of July, North Korea has conducted multiple missile tests, snubbed the South’s efforts to progress peace talks and has left the door open to working-level talks with the US until the end of the year, despite recent efforts bearing little fruit. North Korea is also known to be one of, if not the, worst human rights abusers globally. In early August the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported ongoing violations to the General Assembly

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Cristina Varriale

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Proliferation and Nuclear Policy

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