SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs said Tuesday it plans to organize forums in the United States and Switzerland this year as part of efforts to highlight dire human rights situations in North Korea.
The forums will each take place in Washington in June and in Geneva in November, according to the ministry.
The ministry, which had organized the forum on an annual basis in 2022 and 2023, said it will hold the event twice this year, given the importance of solidarity and cooperation with the international community to resolve the issue.
North Korea has long been accused of grave human rights abuses, ranging from holding political prisoners in concentration camps to committing torture and carrying out public executions.
In the forum held in Seoul last month, Unification Minister Kim Yung-ho called for concerted international efforts to address the issue, saying human rights violations are the “status quo” in the North.
Source: Yonhap News Agency