The UN’s Michael Kirby On Human Rights In North Korea

Australia’s Michael Kirby holds up a copy of a report on human rights abuses in North Korea during a panel discussion at United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.
Australia’s Michael Kirby holds up a copy of a report on human rights abuses in North Korea during a panel discussion at United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Seth Wenig / AP Photo
Australia’s Michael Kirby holds up a copy of a report on human rights abuses in North Korea during a panel discussion at United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.
Australia’s Michael Kirby holds up a copy of a report on human rights abuses in North Korea during a panel discussion at United Nations headquarters, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Seth Wenig / AP Photo

The UN’s Michael Kirby On Human Rights In North Korea

Since retiring from the Australian High Court in 2009, Michael Kirby has dedicated his life to human rights and social justice issue like global access to adequate healthcare.

Kirby is currently a member of the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel on Health Technology Innovation and Access, but he also once served as chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea.

Kirby recently laid out a 15-point plan to deal with human rights violations in North Korea. He tells us why he believes it’s possible to facilitate change in the closed country.