Human rights group says South Korean government is taking a passive attitude toward North Korean human rights abuses

A New York-based human rights group said Wednesday the South Korean government is taking a passive attitude toward North Korean human rights abuses.

The president of Human Rights Foundation (HRF), Thor Halvorssen, said an international coalition has begun to raise awareness about the need for a North Korea human rights bill in South Korea. “Consider that there is already a North Korean human rights act in Japan, in the United States. Canada has a North Korean human rights day. The United Nations has an entire commission devoted to North Korean human rights, and South Korea has nothing,” he said.

South Korean lawmakers have been hesitant to implement such a bill.

South Korean outlet Newsis reported Halvorssen said the passage of a South Korea bill addressing North Korean human rights, could pave the way for … support of defector organizations and the education of South Koreans on issues in the North.

[UPI]

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