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We would like to cordially invite you to attend our second conference on the exploitation of North Korean overseas labourers on May 19th 2017, co-hosted by the Database Centre for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB), a South Korean human rights NGO.

The topic of the conference will be “New perspectives on the export of North Korean labour: modern slavery, human trafficking and accountability”, with a focus on litigation aspects.

The conference will be held at The Hague campus of Leiden University, Wijnhaven Complex Room 3.46, from 10:00 to 16:00.

Coffee, lunch, and drinks afterwards will be provided


10:00 – 10:30 Opening Remarks

Morning Session:

10:30-11:15 Teodora Gyupchanova: “Exploitation of North Korean overseas labourers – working conditions, violations and general trends” + Jae Ku as discussant

11:15 – 12:00 Martin Witteveen: Preliminary title “Corporate complicity in human trafficking: Enforce the Law!”

12:00 – 12:45 Dr Aeliah Lee “State of North Korean overseas workers in Russia” + Dr Kim Kwang Cheol as discussant

12:45 – 13:15 Q&A

13:15-14:00 LUNCH

Afternoon Session:

14:00-14:45 Prof Remco Breuker and Dr Masja van Meeteren: “North Korean Overseas Labour from the Perspective of Human Trafficking” ​

14:45-15:30 Panel Discussion “Seeking new paths to solutions”  Moderator: TBA ​ Pt. 1 Katherine Bryant: The Global Slavery Index and North Korea ​ Pt. 2 Dr Yeo Sang Yoon: Policy recommendations for improvement of the human rights situation of North Korean overseas workers ​ Pt. 3 Imke van Gardingen: Accountability for NK Forced Labour: ILO and Strategic Litigation ​ 1

5:30-16:00 Q&A and Closing Remarks ​

16:15 Drinks


On our website, you can find a detailed overview of the speakers.

We look forward to welcoming you Friday the 19th of May!


Kind regards,

LeidenAsiaCentre and the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights


If you would like to join us, please register here.


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