Last Friday afternoon, PSCORE hosted its own side event “Unprotected and Exploited: North Korean Women and Children” at the 34th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the DPRK, Tomás Ojea Quintana, shared his insights on the current Human Rights situation in the country, and so did Sonja Biserko, representing a group of independent experts.

Our founder Young-il Kim spoke about his own personal experience living in and defecting from North Korea, and shared PSCORE’s findings concerning violence on and discrimination of women and children in the DPRK. He was joined on the panel by three North Korean Defectors, Ju Yeon Choi, So Yeon Lee and Kyung Ho Park, who all provided their chilling testimonies on the violence, fear and misery they had to endure before having successfully defected to the South.

Next, and last on PSCORE’s itinerary at the UNHRC this year, will be Young-Il’s oral statement today.