By Jeune Kim, HRNK Research Intern
Edited by Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, and Camille Freestone, HRNK Research Intern
July 1, 2020
It is a grave mistake to engage diplomatically with North Korea and ignore its human rights abuses. Under Kim Jong-un, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has expressed its interest in a peace treaty with the United States. In the past year, President Trump and Kim Jong-Un have indicated that they would like to usher in a new era of U.S.-DPRK relations based on a stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.
HRNK staff members and interns wish to dedicate this program to our colleague Katty Chi. A native of Chile and graduate of the London School of Economics, Katty became a North Korean human rights defender in her early 20s. Katty was chief of international affairs with the North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC) in Seoul from 2010 to 2014 and worked with the Seoul Office of Liberty in North Korea (LinK) from 2019 to 2020. A remarkable member of our small North Korean human rights community, Katty brought inspiration and good humor to all. Katty passed away in Seoul this past May, at the young age of 32. She is survived by her parents and brother living in Chile. With the YPWP series, we endeavor to honor Katty’s life and work.