February 12, 2024
Julie Turner, left, United States Department of State special envoy on North Korean human rights issue, and Lee Shin-wha, South Korea's envoy for the North's human rights, hold press conference at Washington D.C., U.S., Nov. 8, 2023. Yonhap
Experts from South Korea and the United States will gather in Seoul this year to discuss North Korea's human rights situation in celebration of the 10th anniversary of a U.N. report on the North's rights violations.
The U.N. Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea was established in March 2013 to investigate the widespread human rights violations in the North.
In February 2014, the COI released its landmark report that accused North Korean officials of systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations and made related recommendations.
The international forum, to be held in the first half of this year, will be attended by government officials and experts joining in both online and offline, according to the foreign ministry.
The participants are expected to discuss the ongoing human rights violation in the North and ways to improve the rights situation in the reclusive country.
Last year, the ministry held a forum to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the COI. (Yonhap)