JULY 23, 2018
by Victor Cha
On Friday, President Trump signed the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017 into law. This legislation is the latest update to the original North Korea Human Rights Act, which President George W. Bush signed into law in 2004.
The law provides support for efforts to get information into the largely isolated country, including broadcasting and other efforts; NGOs that are providing assistance and conducting research on human rights conditions inside North Korea; and provides for a State Department Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights. As with the previous versions of the law, the extension signed last week had strong, bipartisan support in Congress.
What does this act mean for U.S. – North Korea relations? George W. Bush Institute Fellow Victor Cha answers our questions.