Congress and U.S. Policy on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees: Recent Legislation and Implementation
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The passage of the reauthorization of the North Korean Human Rights Act in October 2008 P.L.110-346 reasserted congressional interest in influencing the Bush Administrations 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 Koreas 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. For more information, please see CRS Report RL34189, North Korean Refugees in China and Human Rights Issues International Response and U.S. Policy Options, coordinated by Rhoda Margesson.
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