MOSCOW, October 24 (RIA Novosti) - Former US President George W. Bush met with several defectors from the hermit kingdom when he hosted a forum on North Korean human rights in Texas on Thursday, his institute said.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center stated that the former president had a meeting with leaders from the public and private sectors; they discussed ways to resolve the problems of North Korean human rights.
"Five North Korean refugees also shared their stories of escape and their experiences building new lives in the United States as a result of the 2004 North Korean Human Rights Act, which President Bush signed into law 10 years ago," it said in an emailed news release sent to the Yonhap news agency.
According to the institute, the session was held as a part of the program to enhance global awareness of the suffering of North Korean residents and elaborate ways of helping them with support of the US and other countries.
Both in office and after retirement, Bush has paid careful attention to the issue of human rights abuse in North Korea.
Last year, he invited Shin Dong-hyuk, a North Korean defector and author of a book on the country’s political prisoner camp, to his institute in Dallas.
In 2005, he met with another defector, Kang Cheol-hwan, who co-authored a book on North Korean human rights abuse.