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Jessup Jong
Jessup Jong Research Intern Fall 2018
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Jessup Jong is an Aitchison Public Service Fellow and studies political science at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining HRNK, he reported news on North Korea at Yonhap News Agency. Interested in human rights and law, Jessup was commissioned by the ROK Minister of National Defense as a military human rights monitor during his military service from 2016 to 2017. He also gathered satellite intelligence on North Korean transportation infrastructure. He is the president of Liberty in North Korea JHU and has professional experience at the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights and Seoul National University School of Law. At HRNK, Jessup looks forward to learning more about the human rights violations in North Korea.

Megan Finkbeiner
Megan Finkbeiner Research Intern Fall 2018
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Megan Finkbeiner is in her senior year studying International Advocacy to complete a BA in Communication and Philosophy at Alma College. At Alma College, Megan is a member of the Model United Nations team and has represented multiple Member States on a variety of committees over the past three years including Brazil in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Morocco in the General Assembly Third Committee, Thailand in the General Assembly Third Committee, and Sudan in the Commission for Social Development (CSocD). Prior to her internship with HRNK, she recently finished working with Shiv Nadar Schools in New Delhi, India to set up a Model UN program for the Faridabad branch of the school system in order to increase youth involvement in international politics, particularly the way in which climate change is a threat multiplier for global security. As well as working with Shiv Nadar Schools, Megan has spent time working for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe as a research intern through the Ziibiwing Center to analyze current and past human rights violations against the native people. At HRNK, Megan hopes to gain a broader understanding of North Korea’s human rights violations in order to understand the best way to advocate for the populations most affected by the regime. 

Woohyeon Kim
Woohyeon Kim Research Intern Summer 2018
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Woohyeon Kim studies Political Science and International Development Cooperation at Sogang University. Prior to her internship at HRNK, she worked as a volunteer for a refugee advocacy NGO in Seoul. She has a strong interest in human rights and international relations. She strongly believes diplomatic means and humanitarian assistance is crucial for improving the living conditions of the North Korean people. During the internship, she hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the human rights violations by the North Korean regime and the international cooperation needed to address them. 

Susannah Pearl-Katz
Susannah Pearl-Katz Research Intern Summer 2018
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Susannah Pearl-Katz is a recent graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where she received her BA in International Studies and Political Science with a concentration in International Security. She also completed her senior thesis on regime collapse in North Korea, where she investigated various scenarios that might play out in the event of a collapse, such as WMD proliferation, refugee crisis, foreign military intervention, and famine as well as how reunification might be achieved. At HRNK, she hopes to gain deeper insight into North Korea’s censorship and information control, culture, and prison camps, and hopes to raise wider awareness of the human rights abuses in North Korea. 

Elizabeth Yang
Elizabeth Yang Research Intern Spring 2017
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Elizabeth Yang holds a BA/MA in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, having specialized in international politics with a focus on the Korean peninsula. Previously, she was involved in advocating various social issues such as supply chain transparency and gender equality. She has also worked in Seoul as a communications and research consultant at the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. At HRNK, she hopes to gain deeper insight on North Korea’s leadership power dynamics and the development of North Korea’s illicit finance networks. 

Grace Warwick
Grace Warwick Research Intern Fall 2016
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Grace Warwick is a senior studying Foreign Policy at American University's School of Professional and Extended Studies for Fall 2016. Her home university is Baylor University, where she studies International Studies. She has always been interested in human rights and became more invested in North Korean human rights after studying one semester at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. After taking a course on North Korean Politics and Society, she became more passionate about the issues that exist on the peninsula. She hopes to gain further knowledge and understanding of the issues through her work at HRNK, which will enable her to continue working with this topic in her future career. 

THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EST WEDNESDAY DEC. 19, 2018. Denied from the Start: Human Rights at the Local Level in North Korea is a comprehensive study of how North Korea’s Kim regime denies human rights for each and every citizen of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). In doing so, this report examines human rights denial policies and practices. Local institutions are responsible for this denial at the schools, housing units, workplaces, and beyon

In this submission, HRNK focuses its attention on the DPRK’s—  1. System of political imprisonment, wherein a multitude of human rights violations are evidenced, including enforced disappearance, amounting to crimes against humanity.  2. Restrictions on freedom of movement, affecting women in particular, as evidenced in sexual violence, human trafficking, and arbitrary detention.  3. Policy of social and political discrimination, known as “so

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 indoctrination, surveillance, and punishment. Specifically, it seeks to answer the following questions: What so

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 “ordinary prisons”, there is nothing “ordinary” in the treatment of those i

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 Hamgyo╠ćng-bukto, North Korea. Thousands of political prisoners are held in this re-education prison labor camp together with common offenders.