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PRESS RELEASE: HRNK PUBLICATION QUOTED IN REPORT OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE DPRK
August 31, 2017


PRESS RELEASE: HRNK PUBLICATION QUOTED IN REPORT OF THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE DPRK

(A/72/279 dated 3 Aug 2017 – released 28 Aug) 

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 71/202 on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres submitted his report on August 28. The report is available from http://undocs.org/A/72/279.

The report provides an overview of human rights issues in the country from September 2016 to August 2017 and of the Government’s engagement with the United Nations in that regard. The report directly cites HRNK’s report authored by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Greg Scarlatoiu, “North Korea, flooding at Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri” (Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, 16 September 2016. Available from www.hrnk.org/uploads/pdfs/Kyo-hwa-so%20No_%2012%20Flooding.pdf):

37. At the end of August 2016, the remnants of Typhoon Lionrock hit North Hamgyong Province, unleashing strong winds and heavy rains. The Tumen River burst its banks and its tributaries inundated floodplains, submerging agricultural land and damaging water systems, schools and health facilities. Homes were also damaged or destroyed, resulting in the displacement of over 70,000 people. A total of 27,411 hectares of standing crops, mostly rice and maize, were damaged, which constituted 1.9 per cent of total farm crop area in 2016. The Central Emergency Response Fund released $5,054,519 for rapid response in relation to agriculture, food security, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene. Prison camp (kyohwaso) number 12, in Jongo-ri, North Hamgyong Province, which reportedly housed up to 5,000 prisoners, was not included in the assessment. Satellite images indicate that the prison camp was affected, including by the destruction of nearby crop land and pollution stemming from the overflow of runoff from a nearby copper mill. This may have exacerbated the already severe food situation in the prison camp.9. 

9. Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Greg Scarlatoiu, “North Korea, flooding at Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri” (Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, 16 September 2016). Available from www.hrnk.org/uploads/pdfs/Kyo-hwa-so%20No_%2012%20Flooding.pdf.


HRNK wishes to thank and congratulate friends and donors for their vision and dedication to bringing freedom and human rights to the people of North Korea. It is your critical contributions that sustain the morale, inspiration and resources needed to be a voice for the voiceless millions oppressed by the Kim regime.

For media inquiries, please contact Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director:
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202-499-7973

Board of Directors
(Affiliations other than HRNK are for identification only)

 
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)
President, Defense Forum Foundation
Seoul Peace Prize Laureate
 
Helen-Louise Hunter (Secretary)
Attorney
Author of Kim Il-Song’s North Korea
 
Kevin C. McCann (Treasurer)
Formerly of Counsel, Paul Hastings LLP
 
Roberta Cohen (Co-Chair Emeritus)
Specialist in Humanitarian and Human Rights Issues
 
Andrew Natsios (Co-Chair Emeritus)
Former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development 
Director, 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
President, National Endowment for Democracy
 
Stephen Kahng
President, Kahng Foundation
 
David Kim
Coordinator, The Asia Foundation
 
Robert King
Former U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues
 
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
Former Director of Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
Former President, Council on Foreign Relations
Former Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy
 
David Maxwell
Associate Director of the 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
Professor, George Washington University
 
Executive Director
Greg Scarlatoiu

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North Korea’s Long-term Re-education through Labor Camp (Kyo-hwa-so) No. 4 at Kangdong
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Mortwedt Oh, an
Jun 20, 2019

This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undertaken by HRNK to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in North Korea by monitoring activity at prison facilities throughout the nation. This study details activity observed during the past 15 years at a prison facility identified by escapees and researchers as “Kyo-hwa-so No. 4, Kangdong” (39.008838° 126.153277°) and endeavors to establish a preliminary baseline report of the facility.