Human Rights Abuse in North Korea becomes even more extreme when women are the victims. Michael Kirby, Chair of the recent UN report on Human Rights Abuse in North Korea, here ponders why the gender-based nature of atrocities in the DPRK has gained sadly little attention from the press and media.
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Hon. Justice Michael Kirby
Justice Kirby is one of Australia’s best known high court judges, a brilliant intellect, an expert on human rights and one of Australia’s “national living treasures”. Justice Kirby has received a number of honours including appointment as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1983 and as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 1991. In 1991 Justice Kirby was also awarded the Australian Human Rights Medal.
Serving as a member of the Inaugural Global Commission on AIDS of the World Health Organisation in 1988-92, in 2002 he also chaired an Expert Group convened by UNAIDS and the High Commissioner for Human Rights on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. In 2001-2 he was chairperson of the UNAIDS Expert Panel on HIV Testing of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. Since 2004 he has been a member of the UNAIDS Global Reference Panel on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. Famously, his recreation is work.