North Korea: action to improve human rights in the world’s most brutal regime

Jared Genser in Australia: Public lecture and discussion Behind the international focus on North Korea’s nuclear program and missile launches, lies a deplorable human rights record featuring widespread famine, political suppression, reports of torture and extrajudicial killings and an elaborate network of political prison camps believed to hold 200,000 people.

In May this year, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Michael Kirby, former Judge of the High Court of Australia, to lead a Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea.

In this context, the Human Rights Law Centre is very pleased to be hosting public lectures and discussions in both Melbourne and Sydney with Jared Genser, legal counsel for the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea, who successfully petitioned the UN to establish the Commission.

These events will canvass the current human rights situation in North Korea and international action to improve human rights there. The events will also provide an opportunity to discuss Jared’s remarkable work pursuing freedom for prisoners of conscience across the globe.

Founder and President of FreedomNow, a non-profit organisation that works for prisoners of conscience worldwide, Jared Genser has represented numerous human rights defenders including former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel.

An adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University and former DLA Piper LLP (US) partner, Jared is also the Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, a US based public interest law firm specialising in strategic litigation.

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Sydney: 12.45pm for 1pm start (event to finish at 2pm) Monday 24 June 2013 DLA Piper Sydney, Level 38, 201 Elizabeth St (Light lunch provided) Melbourne: 6.15pm for 6.30pm start (event to finish at 7:30pm) Wednesday 26 June 2013 DLA Piper Melbourne Level 21 140 William St (Finger food provided)

These events are generously hosted by DLA Piper