S. Korean, U.S. envoy for N. Korean human rights urge solidarity

South Korean and U.S. special envoys for North Korean human rights held talks with activists to discuss ways to improve the rights situation in the reclusive country, the foreign ministry said Friday. Lee Shin-wha and her counterpart, Ambassador Julie Turner, held an intergenerational dialogue the previous day, with around 20 civic activists committed to promoting human rights in North Korea, it added. During the meeting, Lee called on the government, civil society, youth and defectors to speak with "one voice" so that the North Korean rights issue does not become a "forgotten crisis." Turner is visiting South Korea and Japan from this past Monday through next Thursday. Her visit came on the 10th anniversary of the release of the 2014 U.N. Commission of Inquiry report on the North's human rights violations. Source: Yonhap News Agency