Lee Jong-hoon, a professor at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Studies, was appointed an ambassador for human rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced Monday.
As an ambassador-at-large, Lee is to represent his country internationally to resolve human rights issues both domestically and internationally. He will serve for a one-year term while his term can be extended for another year.
Lee is acknowledged for his contributions to protecting the rights of North Korean defectors and supporting women who were forced into sexual slavery for frontline Japanese soldiers during World War II.
Lee is required to work together with international organization to further promote human rights.
In addition, he will contribute to promoting government policies regarding human rights issues.
Lee received his bachelor's degree in international relations and history at Tufts University in 1984. He received his master's degree of arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1986. Lee obtained his doctorate from University of Oxford in modern diplomatic history in 1992.
The ministry said that the ambassadorship is an unpaid honorary position and is different from a special envoy.
Lee is well-informed on issues in Northeast Asia and international politics. He will use this knowledge, along with his insight and professionalism, in the global campaign for human rights.