Earlier this week, agents of the Kim regime on a boat, all wearing gas masks, shot dead an unarmed 47-year-old South Korean government official floating helplessly in the water. They burned the body, under the pretext of COVID-19 prevention, reportedly pursuant to orders coming from the top of Korean Workers’ Party leadership. There is no other state that has cruelly taken an innocent life and burned the body to “prevent” COVID-19. As UN Commission of Inquiry Chair Michael Kirby stated in a letter addressed to Kim Jong-un, this regime commits crimes against humanity and abuses against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the modern world. Without human rights in North Korea, there is no safe place for Koreans living in the North or in the South. North Korean human rights are not solely a North Korean issue. This is a Korean issue, affecting Koreans living in the North and in the South. This is a global issue. Without human rights, there is no peace. Peace devoid of human rights would place all Koreans and many others in grave danger.
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" 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-
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.