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March 18, 2014 Tuesday 2:23 AM EST
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First Global Live IBA Interview with Michael Kirby, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea
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The International Bar Association issued the following news release:

The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, Chair of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea and chief author of a recently released report accusing North Korea's regime of committing 'unspeakable atrocities', will, in the first live International Bar Association (IBA) webcast of 2014, discuss the report's findings; the new approach he brought to fact-finding; and the call for the UN to act. During the interview on Friday 21 March at 1430 GMT, the former Australian High Court judge will also talk about the steps that can be taken to bring accountability for the gross human rights abuses perpetuated by the Pyongyang regime.

Mr Kirby commented, 'At the end of the Second World War, so many people said, "If only we had known the wrongs that were done in the countries of the hostile forces." Well, now the international community does know [...]. There will be no excusing of failure of action because we didn't know.'

The 400-page Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was published on 17 February and calls on the international community to bring those responsible to justice. The Commission heard evidence of torture, enslavement, sexual violence, starvation, murder and an 'almost complete denial of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion'. Testimonies given by defectors included an account of a woman forced to drown her own baby and families tortured for watching foreign soap operas. Pyongyang refused to cooperate with the report and rejects its conclusions.

The interview, which will also cover Mr Kirby's views on the global 'war on drugs', his work with the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and his lifelong campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, will be conducted by veteran BBC correspondent Kirsty Lang. Lang has worked on the BBC's flagship Today programme, and is a former foreign correspondent for Newsnight, Channel 4 News and The Sunday Times. For over a decade, she presented BBC current affairs programme World News Today, and has extensive knowledge of North Korea and the Asia Pacific region. She currently presents BBC Radio Four's Front Row series.

Click here(https://wcc.webeventservices.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=750658&sessionid=1&key=A962A01CCBC64CCEC03C9DB930D94E97&sourcepage=register) for a free subscription to watch the live interview. Viewers will also be able to submit questions during the programme.

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Contact: Romana St. Matthew - Daniel, Press Office, International Bar Association, +44 (0)7940 731 915, +44 (0)20 7842 0094, +44 (0)20 7842 0090, romana.daniel@int-bar.org

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