As North and South Korea Cosy Up, Human Rights Groups Struggle for Cash

Activists say they were disappointed but unsurprised human rights have seemingly disappeared from the agenda as South Korean and American leaders met with Kim Jong Un in recent months. “As South and North Korea have promoted this ‘mood for peace,’ the defectors and North Korean human rights activist groups feel excluded,” said Kim Tae-hee, a defector who heads the Coalition for North Korean Refugees. The South Korean government recently closed the office of a human rights foundation, and representatives of several non-governmental organizations told Reuters they have struggled to secure funding.


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