Serial No. 109-167: North Korea: Human Rights Update and International Abduction Issues: Joint Hearing before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, April 27, 2006   [open pdf - 616KB]

From the opening statement of James A. Leach: "First, we are pleased to welcome Mr. Jay Lefkowitz in his inaugural appearance before the Congress as Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea. That position was created when President Bush signed the North Korean Human Rights Act into law 18 months ago. The act, which was a key legislative initiative of this Committee, was intended to promote human rights, humanitarian transparency, and refugee protection for the people of North Korea. As emphasized in our last two oversight hearings and a February letter to Secretary Rice, many in Congress have been dissatisfied with the pace and extent of the implementation of that law. As of today the United States still has not accepted a single North Korean refugee for domestic resettlement, notwithstanding the requirements of Title 3 of the act. Similarly, the Administration has not requested a specific appropriation for any of the activities authorized by the act. We hope that Special Envoy Lefkowitz will have more encouraging news to share on these fronts, and we look forward to hearing his plans for the months ahead. Second, this is the first Congressional hearing to focus on North Korea's abduction of foreign citizens. We are fortunate to have such a notable panel witnesses, all of whom traveled from overseas to be here today. Reports from defectors and returned abductees have indicated that North Korea may be holding abductees from as many 12 countries. The abduction of foreign citizens and particularly of children contravenes the most basic tenets of a civilized society." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jay Lefkowitz, Sakie Yokota, Koh Myung Sup, Yoichi Shimada, Cho Chang-Ho, Lee Mi-Il, James A. Leach, Christopher H. Smith, and Eni F.H. Faleomavaega.

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