Congress and U.S. Policy on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees: Recent Legislation and Implementation

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The passage of the reauthorization of the North Korean Human Rights Act in October 2008 reasserted congressional interest in influencing the Bush Administration's policy toward North Korea. In addition to reauthorizing funding at original levels, the bill expresses congressional criticism of the implementation of the original 2004 law and adjusts some of the provisions relating to the Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea and the U.S. resettlement of North Korean refugees.
Some outside analysts have pointed to the challenges of highlighting North Korea's
human rights violations in the midst of the ongoing nuclear negotiations, as well as the
difficulty in effectively reaching North Korean refugees as outlined in the law. Further,
the law may complicate coordination on North Korea with China and South Korea.

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Location(s): North Korea
Creation Date: October 22, 2008
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: October 22, 2008
  • : October 27, 2008
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The passage of the reauthorization of the North Korean Human Rights Act in October 2008 reasserted congressional interest in influencing the Bush Administration's policy toward North Korea. In addition to reauthorizing funding at original levels, the bill expresses congressional criticism of the implementation of the original 2004 law and adjusts some of the provisions relating to the Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea and the U.S. resettlement of North Korean refugees.
Some outside analysts have pointed to the challenges of highlighting North Korea's
human rights violations in the midst of the ongoing nuclear negotiations, as well as the
difficulty in effectively reaching North Korean refugees as outlined in the law. Further,
the law may complicate coordination on North Korea with China and South Korea.

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