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Director's Message


The Yonsei Center for Human Liberty (YCHL) was established in January 2014 in order to respond to what the United Nation’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea referred to as atrocities “unparalleled in the contemporary world.” Housed at Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies, YCHL’s primary research and activities start from the premise that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights" as stipulated in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

North Korea has long been labeled one of the worst abusers of human rights. Its atrocities include forced labor, forced abortions, infanticides, public executions, a massive gulag system, and overseas abductions, among others. YCHL does address these violations. But more focal to the Center’s interest is the question of how the international community will meet the challenges presented to us by the COI findings. Through research, policy development, seminars, lectures, and conferences, YCHL’s goal is to promote accountability, hybrid tribunal, transitional justice, and universal jurisdiction so that justice will matter one day, even in North Korea.

Thank you for your support.


Director, Yonsei Center for Human Liberty  Jung-Hoon Lee


Room 505 New Millennium Hall, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 120-749, Korea Tel : 02-2123-4437.  Fax : 02-362-1651.

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