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North Korean Human Rights
Activists and Networks


Danielle Chubb, Andrew Yeo, Jacob Reidhead, Celeste L. Arrington, Rajiv Narayan, Joanna Hosaniak, Patricia Goedde, Jiyoung Song, Sandra Fahy, Jieun Baek
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  • Date Published: August 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425490

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  • The evidentiary weight of North Korean defectors' testimony depicting crimes against humanity has drawn considerable attention from the international community in recent years. Despite the attention to North Korean human rights, what remains unexamined is the rise of the transnational advocacy network, which drew attention to the issue in the first place. Andrew Yeo and Danielle Chubb explore the 'hard case' that is North Korea and challenge existing conceptions of transnational human rights networks, how they operate, and why they provoke a response from even the most recalcitrant regimes. In this volume, leading experts and activists assemble original data from multiple language sources, including North Korean sources, and adopt a range of sophisticated methodologies to provide valuable insight into the politics, strategy, and policy objectives of North Korean human rights activism.

    • Provides a comparative analysis of North Korean human rights discourse from a range of area experts
    • The book will appeal to readers who are looking to understand both the political contestation that has developed around the issue of North Korean human rights and possible policy alternatives moving forward
    • Provides rare insight into North Korean regime thinking on human rights based on the regime's own written text, speeches, and video content
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    'The more closed and repressive a regime, the more difficult to form effective transnational human rights coalitions. North Korea is undoubtedly among the toughest cases. But this outstanding collection shows the ingenuity of those perspicacious individuals and groups that have pushed the North Korean human rights agenda. These activists have produced some striking surprises, such as the United Nations Commission of Inquiry and clever informational strategies. With interesting theory and novel methodological approaches, this book is indispensable not only for those working on North Korea, but for the human rights community more generally.' Stephen Haggard, Krause Distinguished Professor, University of California, San Diego

    'The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on North Korean human rights concluded that the Kim regime is likely guilty of crimes against humanity, and the Commission urged accountability, including referral to the International Criminal Court for North Korea's leaders. There is no silver bullet, no single way to deal with that country's horrendous rights violations, but Andrew Yeo and Danielle Chubb have given us an excellent series of essays with options, analysis and advocacy for the great variety of approaches.' Robert R. King, former US Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights

    'Having been passionately involved in North Korean human rights activism since the 1990s, and experiencing first-hand the frustrations of trying to enact meaningful change in the country, I found this book to be a timely and encouraging analysis of the role of transnational advocacy networks in persuading the DPRK to honor its human rights obligations. This work insightfully explores the unique dynamics of North Korea, which lacks a developed civil society of its own, and the challenges and opportunities of transnational activism. A must-read for scholars as well as practitioners, this book will have important implications for the next generation of activism in the field of North Korean human rights.' Changrok Soh, Korea University and Human Asia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425490
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Adaptive activism: transnational advocacy networks and the case of North Korea Danielle Chubb and Andrew Yeo
    Part I. Domestic Discourse and Activism:
    2. A prisoner's dilemma of movement nationalization: North Korean human rights in South Korea, 1990–2016 Jacob Reidhead
    3. North Korean human rights discourse and advocacy in the United States Andrew Yeo
    4. Linking abductions activism to North Korean human rights advocacy in Japan and abroad Celeste L. Arrington
    5. North Korean human rights discourse and advocacy: the European dimension Rajiv Narayan
    Part II. Transnational Networks:
    6. NGOs as discursive catalysts at the United Nations and beyond: an activist's perspective Joanna Hosaniak
    7. Human rights diffusion in North Korea: the impact of transnational legal mobilization Patricia Goedde
    8. The politics of networking: behind the public face of the transnational North Korean human rights movement Danielle Chubb
    Part III. North Korean Voices:
    9. The emergence of five North Korean defector-activists in transnational activism Jiyoung Song
    10. North Korea responds to transnational human rights advocacy: state discourse and ersatz civil society Sandra Fahy
    11. Breaking through: North Korea's information underground and transnational advocacy networks Jieun Baek
    12. Conclusion: the contentious terrain of North Korean human rights activism Andrew Yeo and Danielle Chubb.

  • Editors

    Andrew Yeo, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
    Andrew Yeo is an Associate Professor of Politics and Director of Asian Studies at Catholic University of America, Washington DC. He is the author of Activists, Alliances, and Anti-US Base Protests (Cambridge, 2011) and co-editor of Living in an Age of Mistrust: An Interdisciplinary Study of Declining Trust and How to Get it Back (2017). He received his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.

    Danielle Chubb, Deakin University, Victoria
    Danielle Chubb is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and member of the POLIS research network at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. She is the author of Contentious Activism and Inter-Korean Relations (2014). Before arriving at Deakin University in 2012, she worked as a Research Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, and completed her Ph.D. in International Relations at the Australian National University.


    Danielle Chubb, Andrew Yeo, Jacob Reidhead, Celeste L. Arrington, Rajiv Narayan, Joanna Hosaniak, Patricia Goedde, Jiyoung Song, Sandra Fahy, Jieun Baek

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