An r2p Framework for North Korea

in Global Responsibility to Protect
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North Korea has long been considered a country where r2p’s application would not be a practical option. Its major abuses are largely hidden from view and its reclusive nature has made it appear impervious to outside influence. But with the publication of the un Commission of Inquiry report and the response of the dprk, opportunities have arisen. Building on these, this article proposes an r2p framework for North Korea with the strong involvement of the Secretary-General and the entire un system. It argues that despite the challenges, there are persuasive reasons for the new Secretary-General to promote r2p for North Korea.

An r2p Framework for North Korea

in Global Responsibility to Protect




Michael Kirby‘Crimes against Humanity Demand Accountability,’ Washington Times30 March 2016.


Roberta Cohen‘A Human Rights Dialogue with North Korea: Real or Illusory,’ 38 North16 October 2014.


Jared Genser‘Will the Security Council Now Act on North Korea,’ The Diplomat23 December 2014.


Kondoch‘North Korea’ p. 831.


Anna Fifield‘Prominent N. Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk admits parts of story are inaccurate,’ Washington Post17 January 2015.


Roberta Cohen‘Human Rights and Humanitarian Planning for Crisis in North Korea,’ International Journal of Korean Studies (Fall/Winter 2015) pp. 3–7.


Associated Press 7 October 2014.


 See John Power‘North Korean Defectors to South Hit 13-Year Low,’ The Diplomat15 January 2016. Whereas 2800 managed to arrive in South Korea in 2011 the number dropped to 1277 in 2015.


Alex J. Bellamy‘A Chronic protection problem’ p. 241.

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