North Korean Human Rights
The Republic of Korea government recognizes that improving the human rights situation of the North Korean people is a way to uphold a universal value of mankind and an important task in achieving unification on the Korean Peninsula. Accordingly, the R.O.K. government has made efforts to improve human rights in North Korea together with the international community by joining the UN in adopting resolutions on North Korean human rights.
The government enacted the North Korean Human Rights Act in March 2016, laying the legal and institutional foundation for protection of human rights in North Korea. As follow-up measures, the Ministry of Unification set up the North Korean Human Rights Division to manage policies and established the Center for North Korean Human Rights Records to collect and record information on North Korean human rights.
The Ministry of Justice established the North Korean Human Rights Documentation Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed the Ambassador-at-large on North Korean Human Rights.
The Ministry of Unification runs the Council on North Korean Human Rights and works closely together with other agencies. The Ministry gathers opinions from the private sector through the North Korean Human Rights Advisory Council consisting of experts on North Korean human rights. It will establish the basic plan for the promotion of human rights in North Korea, and its implementation plan, and carry out relevant policies systematically.
The government will strive to comprehensively protect the civil liberties and social rights of the North Korean people based on the North Korean Human Rights Act.