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Non-Traditional Security Issues in North Korea$
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Kyung-Ae Park

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837396

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837396.001.0001

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The Responsibility to Protect and Its Limits in North Korea

The Responsibility to Protect and Its Limits in North Korea

(p.157) Chapter 7 The Responsibility to Protect and Its Limits in North Korea
Non-Traditional Security Issues in North Korea

Tsuneo Akaha

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter shows the mounting international calls for the international community to apply the responsibility to protect (RtoP) to North Korea, including international intervention. These calls are motivated by the fact that the North Korean government is either unwilling or unable to protect its citizens from the threat to the right to life. Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, and Kjell Magne Bondevik, president of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, in their op-ed to the New York Times declared, “North Korea is actively committing crimes against humanity—against its own people” and called for international intervention. In the same month, defectors who had survived torture and near starvation in North Korean prison camps requested a meeting with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to seek advice about the potential remedies for rights abuses in the country.

Keywords:   responsibility to protect, RtoP, North Korean, humanity, Václav Havel, Magne Bondevik, Ban Ki-moon

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