Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity in North Korean Political Prisons


Please join the International Bar Association (IBA), for a groundbreaking hearing on crimes against humanity in North Korean political prisons. The hearing, an unofficial follow-on to the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, aims to increase awareness of human rights violations in North Korean political prisons; explore the practical and legal barriers associated with holding the architects and overseers of the political prison system accountable for alleged crimes against humanity; and provide a model that other civil society organizations may wish to replicate when accountability for past or ongoing human rights violations has proven elusive because of inaction by the international community or otherwise. The hearing will feature live testimony from three North Korean defectors, and three renowned jurists will preside over the hearing: Navanethem Pillay (Chair), Mark Harmon, and Thomas Buergenthal. Collectively, these luminaries have served on the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (ECCC), and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Date and Location

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
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