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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)

North Korea’s Potential Long-Term  Prison-Labor Facility at Sŏnhwa-dong (선화동)
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Oh, & Rosa Park
Aug 26, 2021

Through satellite imagery analysis and witness testimony, HRNK has identified a previously unknown potential kyo-hwa-so long-term prison-labor facility at Sŏnhwa-dong (선화동) P’ihyŏn-gun, P’yŏngan-bukto, North Korea. While this facility appears to be operational and well maintained, further imagery analysis and witness testimony collection will be necessary in order to irrefutably confirm that Sŏnhwa-dong is a kyo-hwa-so.

North Korea’s Long-term Prison-Labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 8, Sŭngho-ri (승호리) - Update
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda M. Oh, & Rosa P
Jul 22, 2021

"North Korea’s Long-term Prison-Labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 8, Sŭngho-ri (승호리) - Update" is the latest report under a long-term project employing satellite imagery analysis and former political prisoner testimony to shed light on human suffering in North Korea's prison camps.

Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Korea: The Role of the United Nations" is HRNK's 50th report in our 20-year history. This is even more meaningful as David Hawk's "Hidden Gulag" (2003) was the first report published by HRNK. In his latest report, Hawk details efforts by many UN member states and by the UN’s committees, projects and procedures to promote and protect human rights in the DPRK.  The report highlights North Korea’s shifts in its approach

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

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