At Monday’s Conference on international advocacy to act to ensure accountability for North Korea’s human rights violations, the lawyers of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation – Ruby Peacock, Nathan Fuller, Holly Armstrong, and Adam Smith – presented key content online from A Report on the Legal Avenues to Deal with Human Rights Abuses in the DPRK.
The report analyzed over 800 files submitted by NK Watch, collected over decades in order to document human rights abuses against the citizens of DPRK committed by state authorities. The request by NK Watch provided an opportunity to assess the gravity of the human rights abuses as crimes as well as to explore the possibilities for legal actions to be brought by or on behalf of the victims of the DPRK regime, in order to achieve remedy for, as well as recognition of, the harms inflicted on them and their family members.
Holly Armstrong, Nathan Fuller, Ruby Peacock and Adam Smith went through a very large number of documents and assessed the grievances, suffering, and harm as described by the victims and witnesses through the prism of international humanitarian law and human rights law. Their work forms the basis for this report.