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HRNK NEWSLETTER: January–March 2017
April 18, 2017


HRNK NEWSLETTER:

January–March 2017

"We will ultimately see an end to the oppression of human rights in North Korea. When that happens, HRNK will have an honored place among those who have worked for human rights for the people of North Korea." 

​-Justice Michael Kirby 
Chief Commissioner, UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK
​Retired Justice, Supreme Court of Australia
 

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The first quarter of 2017 provided numerous opportunities to research, investigate, and spread awareness about North Korean human rights issues. We discussed North Korean human rights issues in a variety of fora for a total of 27 separate events. HRNK has published and spoken at various events in honor of International Women's Day to specifically focus on the increased repression of women in North Korea.  Media outlets, including BBC, CNN, The Washington Post, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, KBS, and Yonhap News Agency, prominently featured our work. Our friends’ and supporters’ continued commitment to investigating and revealing the truth about the North Korean human rights situation has been reinforced in the past three months. Thank you very much for your support. 

North Korea Camp No. 25 Update 2
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Andy Dinville, and Mike Eley
Nov 29, 2016

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 9.0px Helvetica; color: #3f5864} span.s1 {font: 5.0px Helvetica} As part of a joint undertaking with HRNK to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, more commonly known as North Korea), AllSource Analysis has been monitoring activity at political prison facilities throughout North Korea. This report details activity observed during the past

North Korea: Flooding at Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri
Greg Scarlatoiu and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.
Sep 16, 2016

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC and AllSource Analysis, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, have conducted a satellite imagery-based rapid assessment of flood damage at Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri in Hamgyŏng-bukto, North Korea. Thousands of political prisoners are held in this re-education prison labor camp together with common offenders.

North Korea: Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Mike Eley
Aug 30, 2016

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. and AllSource Analysis, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, have launched a report entitled North Korea: Imagery Analysis of Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri. Although the detention facility was featured in the September 2015 report The Hidden Gulag IV: Gender Repression and Prisoner Disappearances by David Hawk, this is the first HRNK/AllSource An

Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea's Export Industries
Kim Kwang-jin, HRNK Non-Resident Fellow
May 26, 2016

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM EST THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016 Coal, iron ore, copper, and other commodities constituting the bulk of North Korea’s exports are mined using forced and slave labor, according to a new 50-page report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). Authored by Kim Kwang-jin, North Korean escapee and senior analyst currently residing in South Korea, Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea’s Export Industries is an exami