№ 90/2009 from Apr 21, 2009
The Center for Area Studies of Freie Universität is hosting a lecture to be given by Prof. Dr. Young-jo Lee, a member of the South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission, on Thursday, April 23, in Berlin-Dahlem. The theme of the lecture is "The Primacy of Democratic Transition Bringing Justice: South Korea’s Experience in Comparative Perspective." Prof. Lee will present the experiences made by the South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission in conjunction with the democratization process, comparing these experiences with similar processes in other countries. The lecture will be given in English, and there will be no translation. It is open to the public and free of charge.
The Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission was set up in 2005 with the purpose of disclosing historical crimes and human rights violations in South Korea that had previously been kept hidden or secret as well as to provide assistance for the victims of these crimes. It is the only one of its kind in Asia and is intended to be a model for other countries.
Prof. Dr. Young-jo Lee, born in 1955, earned his doctoral degree in political science from Harvard University. Before joining the Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he was a professor at various Korean universities as well as at the American University in the U.S.A.
- John F. Kennedy Institute, Lansstraße 7–9, 14195 Berlin, Lecture Hall 340
- Thursday, April 23, 6:00 p.m.