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May 05, 2020


Dear Friends and Supporters of HRNK,

For many years, we have done our best to provide reliable and well researched information, analysis, and publications. This work has made critical contributions to keeping the human rights and human security of the North Korean people in focus. During these trying times of the tragic and unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, we are carrying the torch of freedom and human rights, despite severe resource limitations. A wonderful crew of young staff members and volunteers working with me are fighting valiantly. Knowing them, and being on the same team with them has been a true honor and a privilege. 

All of our past successes were the result of your staunch and generous support. While relying on an extraordinary Board, outstanding staff, and implementing the vision of generous friends and donors, we have worked with dedicated and uniquely qualified authors to publish reports on North Korea's vast system of unlawful imprisonment and policy of human rights denial. We provided essential support to the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea. We helped bring disabled North Korean escapee activist Ji Seong-ho, who recently won a seat in the South Korean National Assembly, to the State of the Union Address in 2018. Two years ago, we became the world's only organization solely focused on North Korean human rights to acquire UN ECOSOC consultative status.

We could not have done any of this without you. Thank you for your generosity and support. We pray that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. 

Greg Scarlatoiu

Executive Director
Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK)

Embargoed until 12:01 a.m. February 25, 2021.  South Africa’s Apartheid and North Korea’s Songbun: Parallels in Crimes against Humanity by Robert Collins underlines similarities between two systematically, deliberately, and thoroughly discriminatory repressive systems. This project began with expert testimony Collins submitted as part of a joint investigation and documentation project scrutinizing human rights violations committed at North Korea’s short-

North Korea's Chŭngsan No. 11 Detention Facility
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Oh, & Rosa Park
Dec 21, 2020

This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undertaken by HRNK to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in the DPRK (more commonly known as North Korea) by monitoring activity at political prison and detention facilities throughout the nation. This study endeavors to both establish a preliminary baseline report and detail activities observed during 2002–2020 at a detention facility variously identified by former prisoners and researchers as the “Chŭngsan No. 11

North Korea's Long-term Prison-Labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jŏngŏ-ri - Update 3
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Oh, & Rosa Park
Sep 30, 2020

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., has launched a report entitled North Korea: Imagery Analysis of Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jŏngŏ-ri - Update 3. The report methodology comprises satellite imagery analysis and former prisoner testimony. This kyo-hwa-so detention facility was first featured in the September 2015 report The Hidden Gulag IV: Gender Repression and Prisoner Disappearances by David Hawk. HRNK re

THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2019.

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

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EST WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019.