While in Seoul recently, I had the pleasure of doing an interview with the East Asia Institute on the Commission of Inquiry process; the YouTube video can be found here. My thanks to the Institute and Jaesung Ryu for putting it together.
The Q and A reviews the commission of inquiry process, talks about the UN General Assembly vote and UN Security Council process and underlines what a strategy of engagement with North Korea on human rights might look like. While a low probability event—and one not best led by the US and South Korea—the Kirby report does argue for such efforts at outreach. The interview closes with some consideration of South Korean options with respect to the North, including partial lifting of sanctions and how the CoI process might be kept alive.
Witness to Transformation Posts on the Commission of Inquiry
Commission of Inquiry Report: the Mandate (March 25, 2013)
Commission of Inquiry Report: Initial Reaction (February 17, 2014; includes full links to Commission materials)
Commission of Inquiry Report: What Next? (February 24, 2014).
Roberta Cohen, Karin Lee and Christine Hong on Human Rights (January 29, 2014)
Commission of Inquiry Roundup I: The UN Role (March 3, 2014)
Commission of Inquiry Roundup II: the UN Role (March 6, 2014)
The Human Rights Council Vote (March 31, 2014)
The Commission of Inquiry: The Arria Meeting (April 21, 2014)
North Korea Admits to Prison Camps--Or Does It? (October 8, 2014)
On the UN politics, October-December 2014: Human Rights Racket: Alive and Kicking (October 10, 2014, on the October 6 letter from the DPRK Permanent Representative); Human Rights Roundup and The North Korean Counter-Resolution (October 20 and 21, 2014); UN Diplomacy Continued, Parts One and Two (October 28 and 29); The End of the Charm Offensive, Part One and Part Two (November 6 and 7). The Third Committee Vote (November 19). Human Rights Roundup and Now the Hard Part (November 24 and December 1 on the aftermath).
Implementing the Commission of Inquiry Report (February 23 2015).