The U.S. president has signed the North Korean Child Welfare Act into Law. The bill, in short, urges the U.S. Secretary of State to protect North Korean children in nations outside of North Korea. The bills were passed by Congress with a unanimous vote of each chamber. Numerous orphaned North Korean children are living in China in less than adequate conditions. Many of the parents of these children have been repatriated back to North Korean from China by force. The Act specifically notes that the Secretary of State must “brief appropriate congressional committees on efforts to advocate for and develop a strategy to provide assistance in the best interest of these children.” South Korea has been unable to pass like human rights bills in the Korean National Assembly because of vocal opposition from liberals. ________ Sean Hayes may be contacted at: [email protected] Sean Hayes is co-chair of the Korea Practice Team at IPG Legal. He is the only non-Korean to have worked as an attorney for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of Korea) and one of the first non-Koreans to be a regular member of a Korean law faculty.
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