Dialogue with North Korea?

Dialogue with North Korea? : Precondition for Talking Human Rights with the Hermit Kingdom

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There is hardly another country as isolated and with such a bleak image as North Korea. It is portrayed in the Western media as a Hermit Kingdom ruled by an outdated, communist dictatorship whose clandestine nuclear programmes alarm its neighbours and which uses dreadful labour camps to control a population wracked by famine. The regime's poor track record on human rights is stressed time and again by both Western governments and international organizations. Prospects look bleak for any improvement in relations let alone the start of a dialogue on human rights. Offering a rare, nuanced analysis of the North Korean situation, this short study argues that not only is a constructive and fruitful dialogue on human rights possible but also it is desirable for both parties.
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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • English
  • 8776941264
  • 9788776941260
  • 1,455,146

About Geir Helgesen

Geir Helgesen, cultural sociologist and Director of NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, is a long time Korea observer who has travelled extensively in both parts of Korea, organized track two dialogues between North Korea and the Nordic countries, and maintains a global network of colleagues dealing with the divided Korea. Hatla Thelle is a China specialist, and a researcher and project manager at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen. Since 2006 she has been head of the China Unit. Thelle's main research interests include modern Chinese society and politics, social rights, gender studies, and law reform in countries in transition. She is currently researching the establishment of a legal aid system in China.
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