Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL1725):
Question by Lord Alton of Liverpool:
To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of BBC reports that North Korean teenagers have been sentenced to hard labour for viewing K-drama, when they last raised violations of human rights directly with the North Korean Ambassador to the UK and the North Korean regime, and what response they received. (HL1725)
Tabled on: 18 January 2024
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon:
The UK is deeply concerned about the appalling human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the many reports of serious and wide-ranging human rights violations in the country, including the recent report by the BBC. The UK regularly raises our concerns about the DPRK’s dire human rights record through its embassy in London and we remain committed to using all bilateral and multilateral channels to hold the DPRK to account, and urge the DPRK to address its human rights record to bring about permanent change and improvements for the people of North Korea.
Date and time of answer: 01 Feb 2024 at 17:45.