Hopes Fade for N.Korea Human Rights Bill

      February 14, 2012 10:31

      The National Assembly is expected to ignore a bill symbolically asserting the human rights of North Koreans, the second parliament to prevent the bill's passage into law.

      "The chances of the North Korean human rights bill being dealt with during the current National Assembly are now slim as the [ruling] Saenuri Party has no interest in the pending bill," a government official said Monday.

      Saenuri, then the Grand National Party, tabled the bill in 2005 during the 17th National Assembly after the U.S. Congress enacted a similar law in 2004. It was reintroduced in the 18th assembly that ends Thursday, but no progress has been made.

      All pending bills are automatically scrapped when the parliament's four-year session ends. Whether the bill will be reintroduced in the 19th National Assembly, whose term begins in June, remains to be seen.

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