NK Watch shared 768 copies of UN Petitions with the UN Human Rights Office in order for the data to be used more effectively in North Korean human rights advocacy. The petitions were those that were submitted by NK Watch between 2013 and 2019. Through this work, NK Watch was able to reconfirm the petitions’ level of proficiency and credibility.
NK Watch strives to be transparent when writing the petitions basing on direct testimony given by human rights victims. This data should be kept and protected so that the data can be used in the future for proceedings on human rights crimes, including judicial proceedings which give the victims the opportunity to voice what they experienced. And, this process cannot be achieved by the government or NGO alone.
Thus, NK Watch shared all petitions data with the UN Human Rights Office, which protects and promotes human rights and freedom set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. NK Watch believes that this small step could contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights in North Korea.
Also, NK Watch hopes North Korea would become a country that ensures the lives and basic human rights of its 25 million people rather than a country that protects and upholds the authority and leadership of the supreme leader.
NK Watch will continue to fulfill its duty and make small but meaningful progresses.