Exchange of views on the Human Rights situation in North Korea:
EP Subcommittee on Human Rights
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 29/05/2012 First transmission: 29/05/2012
The Subcomittee on Human Rights holds a public hearing to exchange views on the situation in North Korea. Several personal stories from people affected were heared in the Committee and the Ambassador Robert. R. King, US Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues participated in the discussion.
MEPs voted on 24th May a resolution calling China to stop the deporting of North Korean citizens back to North Korean because of the risk of abuse and execution in some cases. The European Parliament also demands to the Chinese authorities to grant the activists full consular access to the South Korean authorities and legal representation and release them swiftly.
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||Exterior view of the EP, Brussels
||Atmosphere ahead the meeting (4 shots)
||SOUNBITE (English) Teruaki Masumoto, Japanese citizen
on the abduction of a member of his family by North Korean authorities :
"By kidnapping innocent civilians whom are not involved in any political activities , North Korea has harmed not only the victims, but also their families and countries.
These are countries that received information's about a young American whom disappeared in China's provinces in August 14, 2004. His parents and brother came to Tokyo to miss us (an my association of human rights defence) . As we heard more about him we think that his disappearance is very suspicious too".
||SOUNBITE (Korean ) Kim Tae-Jin, executive director of NGO Free NK Gulag, Seoul, Republic of Korea. he presented his personal experience and human rights situation in North Korea:
"UN officially acknowledged that Shin Sook Ja and her two daughters are literally detained in the NK since 1987 . They asked for immediate release of the family of Oh guy Nam and appropriate compensation at the same time. I believe there will be definitely a good result if the EU keeps putting pressure to the North Korean with the UN working groups".
||SOUNBITE (English) Ambassador Robert R. King, United States Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues:
"The most recent US State Department report on Human rights practices which was released just last Thursday notes that North Korean defectors continue to report extra judiciary killings, disappearances, arbitrate detentions , harassment and torture of political prisoners. The judiciary is not independent and does not provide fair trials. North Korean government continues to control almost all aspects of their civil population, denying freedom of speech, press freedom or religion assembly and association
||SOUNBITE Bram Brands, geographical desk officer for North Korea, European External Action Service:
"Concerning the NPT , North Korean's position under the treaty has become rather ambiguous. Everything they declared is withdrawn from the treaty of 2003. But For the EU no proof has been provided that the conditions required for such a withdraw were indeed meet".
||Cutaways ( 11 shots)´