The Koreas at Night

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Congressional Hearings
[04/29/2015] North Korea’s Forced Labor Enterprise: A State-Sponsored Marketplace in Human Trafficking -Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu
Statement of Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea at the hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission entitled “North Korea’s Forced Labor Enterprise: A State-Sponsored Marketplace in Human Trafficking," April 29, 2015 Good afternoon, Chairman Pitts. On behalf of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, I would like to express great appreciation for inviting me to speak with you today about North Korea’s forced labor enterprise and its state sponsorship of human trafficking. It is an honor and a privilege to have an opportunity to discuss these issues with you today. North Korea’s “Royal Palace Economy” North Korea’s nuclear and missile developments and other military provocations have continued to threaten international peace and security and challenge U.S. foreign and security policy. The Kim regime’s ruthless prevention and suppression
[06/18/2014] Subcommittee Briefing and Hearing: Human Rights Abuses and Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea: Testimony of Andrew Natsios
While the Committee asked me to focus my remarks on US government policy on human rights abuses in North Korea, I should begin with a description of those abuses and the totalitarian nature of the Pyongyang regime. (My views described here are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of Texas A&M or of the Bush School or of the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea). North Korea remains one of the few surviving Communist states in the world, and the only one of these which continues to resist any serious political or economic reform. Cuba, Vietnam, China, and Laos have all taken steps to privatize sectors of their economy, and given individual citizens small amounts of choice in their private lives, even if they remain authoritarian states.  North Korea is thus in a unique category of its own, a single totalitarian dinosaur remaining of an otherwise virtually extinct species.   See more. 
[03/26/2014] The Shocking Truth about North Korean Tyranny
HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu testifies on Capitol Hill: "The Shocking Truth about North Korean Tyranny." 
[03/05/2012] China’s Repatriation of North Korean Refugees
Please see the video gallery for a live recording of this hearing.  Unable to Attend in Person Statement of Roberta Cohen, Chair, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution, on China’s Repatriation of North Korean Refugees, at the Hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, March 5, 2012 On behalf of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, I would like to express great appreciation to Congressman Christopher Smith and Senator Sherrod Brown for holding this hearing today to highlight the case of an estimated 30 to 40 North Koreans who fled into China and now risk being forcibly returned to North Korea where they will most assuredly be severely punished. We consider it essential to defend the fundamental rights of North Koreans to leave their country and seek asylum abroad
[03/05/2012] China’s Repatriation of North Korean Refugees
Please see the video gallery for a live recording of this hearing.  Good afternoon, Chairman Smith, Cochairman Brown, and members of the Commission. On behalf of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, thank you for inviting me to speak with you at this hearing today. Our Committee considers it essential to draw attention to the case of 30 to 40 North Koreans who have been arrested by China and who now risk being forcibly returned to North Korea where they most assuredly will be subjected to severe punishment in violation of international refugee and human rights law. The fundamental right to leave a country, to seek asylum abroad and not to be forcibly returned to conditions of danger are internationally recognized rights which China and North Korea must be obliged to respect.  Mr. Chair, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea is a Washington DC-based non-governmental organization, estab
Podcasts
Events
[12/12/2017] Korea Club with Gen. Wallace
North Korea: The Land of Lousy Options Guest Speaker:  Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson (USMC, Ret) Senior Advisor, Avascent Global Advisors Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182   Dear Colleague: You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The event will
[11/13/2017] From Cradle to Grave: The Path of North Korean Innocents
AGENDA Presenters: Robert Collins, Author Amanda Mortwedt Oh, Author Discussants: James Durand Member of the Board of Directors, International Council of Korean Studies Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Korean Studies  George Hutchinson Member of the Board of Directors, International Council of Korean Studies Editor, International Journal
[10/26/2017] The Parallel Gulag: North Korea's
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to: ​ THE PARALLEL GULAG: North Korea's "An-jeon-bu" Prison Camps Thursday, October 26, 2017 ​9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. National Press Club ​First Amendment Lounge 529 14th Street, NW  Washington, DC 20045 Opening Remarks Victor Cha, Korea Chair, CSIS Presenters David Hawk, Author Amanda Mortwedt Oh, HRNK
[09/13/2017] Korea Club with Gen. In-Bum Chun (ROK, Ret)
Korea Club Wednesday |  September 13, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Facing North: Managing North Korea's Military Challenge Guest Speaker:  Gen. In-Bum Chun (ROK, Ret) Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS Visiting Fellow, Center for East Asia Policy, Brookings Institution Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike
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From Cradle to Grave: The Path of North Korean Innocents
Robert Collins and Amanda Mortwedt Oh
Nov 13, 2017

This paper draws on existing research and Robert Collins’ previous work to explain the ideological basis and institutional structure of the Kim regime’s rule of terror, with an emphasis on the political prison camps. It is intended to provide a brief overview of how North Korea’s party-state controls every individual’s life from the cradle to the grave through relentless indoctrinat

The Parallel Gulag: North Korea's
David Hawk with Amanda Mortwedt Oh
Oct 26, 2017

In this book, David Hawk provides never-before-seen imagery of labor re-education camps, both suspected and confirmed. He reveals a parallel network of prisons controlled by the DPRK’s Ministry of People’s Security (An-jeon-bu). These revelations suggest the imposition of degrees of suffering even more pervasive than the UN COI described in 2014. Although these labor camps might be described as

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.