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HRNK PRESS RELEASE: HRNK WELCOMES THE RELEASE OF 3 AMERICAN DETAINEES
May 09, 2018


The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) welcomes the release by the DPRK of American detainees Kim Dong-chul, Kim (Tony) Sang-duk, and Kim Hak-song. For them and their families, it is a time of rejoicing and healing. For HRNK and other human rights defenders, it is a time to remember the nationals of Japan, South Korea, and other countries who were abducted and are still held in North Korea. It is also a time to remember the 120,000 men, women, and children held in North Korea's political prison camps as well as political prisoners held at other unlawful detention facilities. To join the international community, the DPRK must dismantle and dispose of its nuclear weapons and missiles. But it is very important to remember that the release of foreign and South Korean abductees and the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement of the North Korean political prison camps are an absolute priority if the DPRK wants to become a responsible member of the international community.

Greg Scarlatoiu

Executive Director
Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK)
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 435
Washington, DC 20036
Email: executive.director@hrnk.org
Tel: 202-499-7973
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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 Hamgyŏng-bukto, North Korea. Thousands of political prisoners are held in this re-education prison labor camp together with common offenders.