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The Korea Now Podcast

Aug 30, 2018

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Michael Kirby. They speak about the 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry report into North Korean human rights abuses, how the inquiry came about, the difficulties involved in collecting evidence for the report, the challenges and opposition to the entire process posed by the North Korean regime, and the impact that the report has had in the years since its publication.

Michael Kirby is a former Australian High Court judge, former Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission, former Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission, former President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, and former Acting Chief Justice of Australia. Following his judicial retirement, Michael was appointed Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea. (Link to Michael Kirby’s personal website: (Link to the Report of the Commission of Inquiry:


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