Last week, the Senate introduced the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act.
Heritage’s Olivia Enos, of the Asian Studies Center, had a heavy hand in drafting this legislation. She’s been working with Senate staff to research and write the bill since late last year.
When asked about the legislation Olivia stated:
Human rights challenges in North Korea is an issue near and dear to my heart. That there are still between 80,000 and 120,000 people held in political prison camps today is appalling.
I hope that this legislation provides North Koreans with the information they need to either stay in North Korea and facilitate change from within or flee the regime to freedom in South Korea or elsewhere.
She also released a piece in Forbes yesterday that describes the need for this bill in more detail.
According to a recent press release, Ted Cruz, one of the Senators who introduced the bill, explains more about it in the statement below:
The North Korean regime is a modern-day reign of terror. It not only threatens the lives of Americans, South Koreans, and Japanese, but it also terrorizes its own people. As with any totalitarian regime, however, it fears the truth…
The reauthorization of the North Korean Human Rights Act empowers the United States to shine a light into that darkened regime with the truth of liberty and the friendship that Americans feel for the people of North Korea.
Moreover, these programs provide us with avenues to reach North Koreans and shape their perceptions of us. These are nonnegotiable elements of our broader North Korean strategy, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this bill and judiciously implement it.
What should the United States response be to the aggression of North Korea?