Notice of an upcoming lunchtime round-table at Chatham House:
Human Rights and Military-First Politics in the DPRK
Tuesday 1 December 2009
Speaker: Dr Jiyoung Song, Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge
Chair: DR JOHN SWENSON-WRIGHT, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has produced a large number of documents demonstrating tactical concessions to the international human rights community. Dr Song will explain the DPRK’s constitutional changes with a particular focus on human rights and duties. She will examine how historical post-colonialism, political Marxism and other indigenous cultural elements have formed and transformed the ideas of human rights in the 1948 People’s Constitution, the 1972 Socialist Constitution, and three amended Socialist Constitutions in 1992, 1998, and now in 2009. Her talk will also explain the rationale behind the DPRK’s evolving stance on human rights.
Dr Song’s doctoral dissertation focused on the discourse of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). For the past 10 years, she has applied an interdisciplinary approach to North Korea and human rights from politics, law, international relations, history and cultural perspectives. She has appeared as a North Korea specialist on TV and radio programmes for the BBC, Sky News and Channel 4, and is a regular contributor to the South Korean current affairs publication, Sisa-in.