Royce highlights North Korean human rights abuses, calls for stiffer sanctions

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) recently highlighted human rights abuses carried out by North Korea and renewed his call for heightened sanctions to help correct the problem.

Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered his remarks at the annual North Korea Freedom Rally that is organized by the Korean Church Coalition and the Korean American community to bring attention to human rights abuses, according to a press release.

The North Korean Sanctions Enforcement Act, which was introduced by Royce, would strengthen existing sanctions to cut off North Korea’s access to critical resources like currency and other goods.

“The government of North Korea is responsible for carrying out some of the world’s most heinous and cruel abuses against human rights,” Royce said. “The U.N. Commission of Inquiry Report on Human Rights Abuses in North Korea details many of the horrific acts of violence that the regime uses in order to stifle dissent and cling to power. As chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I am honored to join the Korean Church Coalition and the Korean American community to call for an end to the brutal human rights abuse in North Korea. It is time that we hold North Korea accountable for its violations of human rights and its assault on human dignity.”

Royce, the co-chairman of the International Parliamentarians Coalition for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights, has pushed to incorporate human rights into U.S. policy on North Korea.

Royce also authored legislation that would increase radio broadcasting into North Korea to counteract propaganda there.