The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is among the Asia Pacific’s principal supporters of R2P. It was the first East Asian country to appoint a National R2P Focal point. APR2P works closely with a number of organizations in South Korea, including the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, the Korean Institute for National Unification, and Korea University. The Centre’s engagement with South Korea has thus far focused mainly on the question of human protection in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK – North Korea) but the scope of engagement is widening to include cooperation to support the UN Secretary-General’s strategy for implementing R2P. This broadened strategy focuses especially on the role of National R2P Focal Points and the relationship between R2P and peacebuilding. APR2P does not yet have an institutional partner or country coordinator in South Korea but intends to introduce these positions soon.
For upcoming listings for APR2P Centre events in South Korea and the region, see Events.
November 2014 – Participation in a National Conference on the Unification of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Dr. Alex Bellamy, APR2P’s Director, participated in a national conference on the condition of human rights in North Korea and the question of Korean unification. He delivered an address on the UN’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, in which he noted that the regime there was responsible for the commission of widespread and systematic crimes against humanity. Bellamy also outlined an R2P perspective on the situation in North Korea and recommendations for international action, amplifying those brought forward by the UN’s Commission of Inquiry.