[KS] Opening Conference of the “EU-Korea Human Rights and Democratic Transition Dialogue Programme”

Bernhard Seliger bjseliger at yahoo.de
Wed Mar 14 03:55:27 EDT 2012

Dear list members, 
recently, the
situation of defectors from North Korea has once again been in the spotlight.
The outcry against deportations from China revealed once again the humanitarian
plight of North Koreans. In this situation, the
Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, PSCORE, NKDB and NKIS, are proud to invite you to the
Opening Conference of the “EU-Korea Human Rights and Democratic Transition
Dialogue Programme”, ‘Human rights and democratic transition in North Korea’,
on March 20,2012. Outstanding guests from Europe and Korea will discuss human rights issues and perspectives of democratic
transition in North Korea.
We would
cordially invite you to this timely conference. Your participation will make
the conference more valuable and successful. 
Opening Conference of the “EU-Korea
Human Rights and Democratic Transition Dialogue Programme”

Date: March 20(Tue), 2012                                                                                                                                                                              

National Assembly Members' Office Building, Conference Room
Title: Human rights and democratic
transition in North Korea 
Conference Program 
09:30-10:00    Registration
10:00-10:20       Opening session
Opening remarks, Christian Hegemer (Director,
Institute for International Cooperation, Hanns-Seidel-Foundation)
Congratulatory remarks, Tomasz Kozlowski
(Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea)        
Dr. Tae-woo Kim (President of Korea
Institute for National Unification)   
10:20-10:50       Keynote speech “What can (and should) be done about North
Korea? Prof.  Andrei Lankov, Kookmin University 
10:50-11:00       Photo Session and Coffee break
11:00-12:45       Session 1. European Experiences with Human Rights Violations
and Democratic Transition
Moderator: Joanna Hosaniak, NKHR 
Stephan Hilsberg, European Experiences
with Human Rights and Democratic Transition : A view from East Germany 
Erik Terk, Director, Estonian Institute
for Futures Studies, The Estonian ‘singing revolution’ and the problems the integration
of ethnic minorities 
Yeosang Yoon, President, NKDB,
Alternatives for Addressing Past North Korean Human Rights Issues : A view from
Discussant: Bun-ok Bang, NKIS 
12:45-14:00      Lunch break 
14:00-15:45      Session 2. Korean Experiences with Human Rights Violations,
Integration of Defectors and Democratic Transition
Moderator:  Eui-Chul Choi, NKDB 
Young-Il Kim, President, PSCORE, The
integration of young North Korean defectors – the role of PSCORE
Hung-Kwang Kim, CEO, North Korean
Intellectual Solidarity, Perspectives for human rights in North Korea after the
death of Kim Jong-Il 
Benedict Rogers, East Asia Team Leader,
CSW, Is there a European role in improving human rights in North Korea? 
Discussant: Charles A. von Denkowski, Berlin
School of Economics and Law 
15:45-16:15      Coffee break
16:15-17:00       Round table session: Discussion and Q&A with all
Moderator:  Bernhard Seliger, Resident Representative,
-Hyun-Suk Han, NKIS & 6 presenters
and 2 discussants 
18:00-20:00       Dinner 

(Financial support by the European Union
is gratefully acknowledged.)

This conference will be held in Korea and English (simultaneous translation is provided). For participation, please bring an identification card for entering the premises of the National Assembly. 
Dr. Bernhard Seliger
Hanns Seidel Stiftung - Seoul Office
Room 501, Soo Young Bldg., 64-1, Hannam 1 Dong, Yongsan-gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Tel.+ 82 2 790 5344
Fax. + 82 2 790 5346
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