Strategic implications of the 2004 U.S. North Korea Human Rights Act

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The North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 was an attempt under U.S. domestic law to provide aid and humanitarian relief to and broadcast support for those perceived as suffering from the actions of the North Korean regime. It also aimed to transform the regime and contribute to the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula (in a process similar to that which had occurred as a result of the Helsinki Accords with regard to Eastern Europe). However, contrary to serving its avowed objectives, the act contributes little to enhance human rights protection in North Korea and to instigate regime transformation. Rather, the act is more likely to endanger strategic relations in Northeast Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-219
Number of pages29
JournalAsian Perspective
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006


  • Human Rights in East Asia
  • North Korea-U.S. Relations


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