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The Korea Now Podcast

May 25, 2020

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sandra Fahy. They speak about the second half of Sandra’s new book ‘Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record’, the response from North Korea to significant human rights accusations such as with the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, how North Korean media reports and deals with accusations of this kind, the specific threat of defector testimony to the regime in Pyongyang and their efforts to discredit or silence the defector community, the language and rhetoric that they use, the current state and nature of human rights inside North Korea, and the hope for the future. This is the second of two podcasts on Sandra’s book, the first focussed on ‘The Crimes’.

Sandra Fahy completed her doctorate in Anthropology at the School for Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Sejong Society, the University of Southern California, and École des hautes études en sciences socials in Paris. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Sophia University in Tokyo. She is the author of ‘Marching through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea’ (2015); and ‘Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record’ (2019), both published with Columbia University Press.

* Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record (

* Marching Through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea (

*** The podcast covering Sandra’s first book, ‘Marching through Suffering’, is available here:

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