Greg Scarlatoiu is Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, D.C. A seasoned lecturer on North Korean human rights, political security and economic issues on the Korean peninsula, Scarlatoiu has appeared as an expert witness at several Congressional hearings on North Korean human rights. Scarlatoiu is an experienced social audit consultant, having conducted eleven annual surveys of compliance with International Labor Organization (ILO) core Conventions in South Korea. Prior to HRNK, he was with Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in Washington, D.C. Scarlatoiu has worked with the International Labor Organization’s Department for the Activity of Multinational Enterprises (ILO-MULTI) in Geneva, Switzerland. He has over six years’ experience in international development, having delivered technical assistance under missions funded by USAID, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. For twelve years, he has been authoring and broadcasting the weekly Scarlatoiu Column to North Korea, for Radio Free Asia (RFA). A visiting professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul, Scarlatoiu co-chairs the Korean peninsula class at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI). He holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School, Tufts University; and an MA and BA from Seoul National University, Department of International Relations. Scarlatoiu was awarded the title of Citizen of Honor, City of Seoul, in January 1999. He is fluent in Korean, French and Romanian.
Sabina E. Silkworth is the Accounting Consultant at HRNK. Mrs. Silkworth has been with the Committee since its inception in October 2001. She has over 25 years of experience in the accounting and non-profit field. A Washington, D.C. native, Mrs. Silkworth graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in Financial Management and Summa Cum Laude from George Washington University with a Master of Accountancy. She is married, has four kids, and resides in Maryland.
Rosa Park holds an M.A. in International Politics from American University's School of International Service, an M.A. in Korean Studies from Korea University, and a B.A. in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service with a minor in Graphic Design. At the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, she has completed editorial and graphic design work on The Hidden Gulag Second Edition; Marked for Life: Songbun, North Korea’s Social Classification System; Coercion, Control, Surveillance, and Punishment: An Examination of the North Korean Police State; North Korea’s Hidden Gulag: Interpreting Reports of Changes in the Prison Camps, Illicit: North Korea’s Evolving Operations to Earn Hard Currency; Arsenal of Terror: North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism; The Hidden Gulag IV: Gender Repression and Prisoner Disappearances; North Korean House of Cards: Leadership Dynamics Under Kim Jong-un; Pyongyang Republic: North Korea’s Capital of Human Rights Denial; and satellite imagery reports by AllSource Analysis. While continuing to work on future publications, she is also involved in conference planning and execution. She has worked on information outreach in Washington D.C. as well as in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles, co-hosting with organizations, such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Korea Economic Institute, the Illinois Holocaust Memorial and Museum, the Jacob Blaustein Institute, and others.
Amanda Mortwedt Oh is a project officer at HRNK in charge of a series of more than 30 studies monitoring and investigating North Korea’s political prison camps through satellite imagery and escapee testimony. Her research focuses on human rights, international criminal law, and North Korea’s prison camps. Amanda authored a report that was submitted to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COI) on behalf of HRNK and co-authored a Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights study calling for a “Rights Up Front” policy toward North Korea. She holds a Master of Laws in International Law (LLM) degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she studied “North Korean State and Society” and wrote her thesis on North Korea and transitional justice. Amanda also serves as an attorney in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Raymond Ha graduated with a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University. He first became engaged in North Korean human rights issues while interning at the Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights and further pursued his interest by serving as president of Princeton's NKHR student group. He decided to join HRNK not only to learn more about the complex politics surrounding North Korea, but also to become directly involved in the effort to improve the human rights situation there at a time when the issues continue to gain significant momentum amongst the international community. During his time at HRNK, he also hopes to gain insight into democracy, development, and human rights.
Despite North Korea’s adamant denial that political prison camps exist, research based on interviews and satellite imagery reveals a shocking and detailed operation of a vast system of arbitrary and extra-judicial, unlawful detention. In its findings released
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