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PRESS RELEASE: HRNK Endorses Eugene Bell Foundation Call for Continued TB Assistance to North Korea
March 10, 2016

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., endorses the call addressed by the Eugene Bell Foundation to the authorities of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to release three containers of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) medications and treatment supplies, destined for 1,500 patients in North Korea. HRNK also respectfully urges the ROK government to permit the resumption of regular shipments of such medicine and supplies by the Eugene Bell Foundation, undertaken under the current and three previous ROK administrations.
HRNK’s Board and staff members are fully aware and highly appreciative of the dedicated and effective humanitarian work performed by the Eugene Bell Foundation in North Korea over the past two decades, in particular in the public health area. HRNK shares the view that, unless the needed medicine and supplies reach the intended recipients, patients currently treated by the Eugene Bell Foundation will be at high risk of contaminating others and could ultimately succumb to drug-resistant “super-TB.”
HRNK reaffirms its strongly held view that sanctions—aimed to prevent North Korea’s development and proliferation of nuclear and missile technology as well as the crimes against humanity and other human rights violations perpetrated against the people of North Korea—must be rigorously carried out. HRNK is mindful that there was painstaking effort in the United States to ensure that the recently enacted H.R. 757—North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 would not affect humanitarian efforts. HRNK also understands that the official position of the government of the Republic of Korea is that humanitarian assistance to North Korea would not be affected by the implementation of the sanctions regime pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 2270, previous UNSC resolutions, or other applicable sanctions.
HRNK’s Board and staff members firmly believe that sanctions should not be applied to harm the population of North Korea. HRNK is confident that problems resulting from the implementation of a rapidly evolving sanctions regime will be swiftly resolved.
Contact: Greg Scarlatoiu, [email protected]202-499-7973


Board of Directors
Gordon Flake (Co-Chair)
Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre,
The University of Western Australia
Co-author, Paved with Good Intentions:
The NGO Experience in North Korea
Katrina Lantos Swett (Co-Chair)
President and CEO,
Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice
John Despres (Co-Vice-Chair)
Consultant on International Financial & Strategic Affairs
Suzanne Scholte (Co-Vice-Chair)
Defense Forum Foundation
Seoul Peace Prize Laureate
Helen-Louise Hunter (Secretary)
Author, Kim Il-Song’s North Korea
Kevin C. McCann (Treasurer)
General Counsel, StrataScale, Inc.
Counsel, SHI International Corp.
Roberta Cohen (Co-Chair Emeritus)
Non-Resident Senior Fellow,
Brookings Institution
Specializing in Humanitarian and Human Rights Issues
Andrew Natsios (Co-Chair Emeritus)
Former Administrator,
U.S. Agency for International Development
Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs
Executive Professor, The Bush School of Government & Public Service,
Texas A&M University
Author of The Great North Korean Famine
Morton Abramowitz
Senior Fellow,
The Century Foundation
Jerome Cohen
Co-Director, US-Asia Law Institute,
NYU Law School
Adjunct Senior Fellow,
Council on Foreign Relations
Lisa Colacurcio
Advisor, Impact Investments
Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Associate Dean,
Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles
Jack David
Senior Fellow,
Hudson Institute
Paula Dobriansky
Chair, World Affairs Council of America
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,
Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University
Distinguished National Security Chair,
U.S. Naval Academy
Nicholas Eberstadt
Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy,
American Enterprise Institute
Author of books on North Korea, including North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society
Carl Gershman
National Endowment for Democracy
Stephen Kahng
Kahng Foundation
David Kim
The Asia Foundation
Debra Liang-Fenton
U.S. Institute of Peace
Former Executive Director, HRNK
Winston Lord
Former Assistant Secretary for East Asia,
Department of State
Former Ambassador to China
Director of Policy Planning Staff,
Department of State
Former President,
Council on Foreign Relations
Former Chairman,
National Endowment for Democracy
David Maxwell
Associate Director,
Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Marcus Noland
Executive Vice President and Director of Studies,
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Author of books on North Korea including Avoiding the Apocalypse: the Future of the Two Koreas
Jacqueline Pak
George Washington University
North Korea’s Long-term Prison-Labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 1, Kaech’ŏn
Joseph S. Bermudez, Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda M. Oh, & Rosa Park
Mar 25, 2020

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., has launched a report titled North Korea’s Long-term Prison-labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 1, Kaech’on. This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undergone by HRNK to use satellite imagery and survivor testimony to shed light on human suffering in North Korea. This study combines former prisoner testimony collected in 2019 with declassified satellite imagery


THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019. Lost Generation: The Health and Human Rights of North Korean Children, 1990–2018 is a nearly thirty-year study monitoring the health and human rights conditions of North Korean children. “Health” is defined by the World Health Organization as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of dis