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Colan MacKenzie
Colan MacKenzie Research Intern Winter 2018 ~ Spring 2019
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Colan MacKenzie is a recent graduate from the University of New Mexico, where he studied Early Modern Middle Eastern History and Modern Middle Eastern Politics. While attending the University of New Mexico, Colan co-founded the Young American Leadership Initiative (Y.A.L.I.), served as president of Phi Alpha Theta in his senior year, and wrote his undergraduate thesis on 19th Century British Imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa. Colan got involved early in his college career with North Korean human rights issues, and participated in a Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) conference held in Malibu. He plans on pursuing an international law degree following the conclusion of his internship with HRNK. 

SangEun Jeong
SangEun Jeong Winter 2018 ~ Spring 2019
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SangEun Jeong is a recent graduate of HanDong Global University in South Korea, with a BA in Construction Engineering (Architecture Specialization) and Urban Engineering. He participated in the UNESCO-UNITWIN Programs regarding developing counties in Asia. He is interested in urban planning and development in North Korea. At HRNK, SangEun looks forward to understanding more about urban life and living conditions in North Korea.

Sammy Hussein
Sammy Hussein Research Intern Winter 2018 ~ Summer 2019
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Sammy Hussein is currently earning his B.A in International Studies and minoring in German language at the American University School of International Service. At American University, Sammy is the President of the German Language and Culture Club as well as engaged in conducting research for his classes. His areas of focus are in comparative governance, justice, ethics, and human rights. Prior to his internship, Sammy interned for his member of congress in Central Florida, where he learned about the importance of public service and advocacy. The continued violations of human rights in North Korea paired with the international response to the situation on the Korean peninsula inspired Sammy to join the team at HRNK. Sammy hopes to better his understanding of the conflict between North and South Korea through conducting research and engaging with professionals as well as advocating for peace.

Michele Helen Reyes
Michele Helen Reyes Research Intern Winter 2018
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Grace Bennett
Grace Bennett Research Intern Winter 2018 ~ Summer 2019
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Grace Bennett is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut with a BA in East Asian Studies. As part of her Individualized Major program, Grace’s primary undergraduate focus was on Korean culture, politics and language. While at UConn, Grace assisted her Korean professor in increasing the number of Korean language courses offered on campus, and was also both the Vice President and participant for the Cross Cultural Connections Club that paired UConn students with international students wanting to improve their English speaking skills. Grace also studied at Yonsei University in Seoul for half a year where she took a number of classes focusing on North Korean related politics. These classes, along with a conference she attended on the rights of North Koreans with disabilities, inspired her to pursue an internship with HRNK. Through the committee, Grace hopes to expand upon her knowledge and experience working with Korean-related issues and plans to continue doing future work in the overall Korean Studies field.

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.