posted on Feb, 20 2005 @ 02:59 PM
South Korean Government must Take an Active Role in North Korean Human Rights
The Rafto Foundation awards one person a year with the Rafto Prize who contributed to the human rights development in the international society. Kim
Dae Jung received the Rafto Prize in 2000, only few months before he was awarded with the Nobel Prize.
In 2000, we awarded President Kim Dae Jung based on his human rights activities and his effort to changed North Korea. We highly valued his policy to
open up North Korea. We expected his policy to have a focus on North Korean human rights and we thought what he did was the only way to bring change
in North Korea. However, the government of South Korea does not raise human rights issues to North Korea. This is not right.