Seoul series on North Korean rights

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Apr 18, 2012 - 19:01
  • Updated : Apr 18, 2012 - 19:01

North Korean refugee Kang Won-cheol talks at the first NK Human Rights Speaker Series event. (Luc Forsyth)
The prospects of hereditary succession in North Korea will be discussed by Kookmin University professor Andrei Lankov in Seoul on April 25. The talk to start at 6:30 p.m. at Artreon Toz in the Sinchon area of the city is part of the NK Human Rights Speaker Series covering issues ranging from forced refugee repatriation to information freedom.

Foreigners, South Koreans and North Korean defectors are invited to join the discussions to be conducted in or translated into English.

The events are being held by the Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights (NKnet) at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday from April 11-May 16.

On May 9, Chris Green of the Daily NK will talk on information freedom activities in North Korea. And a discussion on international society’s role in helping North Koreans will follow from Joanna Hosaniak of the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights and Dan Bielefeld of NKnet on May 16.

Those who attend four or more of the six talks in the series will receive a DVD box set of films screened at last year’s North Korean Human Rights Film Festival.

The venue for all events is on the 14th floor of Artreon Movie Theater, a short walk from Sinchon Subway Station’s exit 4.

Those wishing to attend are advised to go to for updates or to e-mail