HRNK is delighted to announce that General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA, Ret., has joined HRNK's Board of Directors.
General Tilelli had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Army. He served as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and the Army's Deputy Chief of Operations, and also commanded the 1st Cavalry Division in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He concluded his career as Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea.
Since his retirement from active duty in January 2000, he has remained deeply engaged in Korean Peninsula affairs. He served as the former Vice Chairman for the Korea Defense Veterans Association, and is currently serving on the Korea Defense Veterans Association's (KDVA) Council of Advisors.
General Tilelli's dedication to preserving the democracy, security, and prosperity of our South Korean friends, partners, and allies is unparalleled. He is a resolute advocate for bringing human rights and freedom to the people of North Korea.
General Tilelli's full biography is enclosed below. On behalf of HRNK's Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome General Tilelli to HRNK.
General John H. Tilelli, Jr. retired on January 31, 2000 from the United States Army after over 30 years of service. General Tilelli’s last active-duty assignment was Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea/United States Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea. During his time in Korea, he commanded the largest standing joint and coalition force in the world comprising over 650,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. In addition, he led the theater’s campaign strategy and revitalized Korea’s automated command-and-control and equipment modernization.
General Tilelli’s military career includes serving as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and the Army’s Deputy Chief of Operations, during which he led the Army’s vision of the Army of the 21st Century and implemented reforms in acquisition and procurement. He was also the commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He trained, deployed, and fought with the Division in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Upon his retirement from the United States Army, General Tilelli was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the USO Worldwide Operations. He had responsibility for the operation of over 122 USOs around the world in support of our servicemen and women and their families. General Tilelli led and served on other senior panels related to defense issues.
Currently, General Tilelli is employed with Cypress International Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia, as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Emeritus. He served as the former Vice Chairman for Korea Defense Veterans Association and is currently serving on the Korea Defense Veterans Association's (KDVA) Council of Advisors.
This report explains how the Kim regime organizes and implements its policy of human rights denial using the Propaganda and Agitation Department (PAD) to preserve and strengthen its monolithic system of control. The report also provides detailed background on the history of the PAD, as well as a human terrain map that details present and past PAD leadership.
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For thirty years, U.S. North Korea policy have sacrificed human rights for the sake of addressing nuclear weapons. Both the North Korean nuclear and missile programs have thrived. Sidelining human rights to appease the North Korean regime is not the answer, but a fundamental flaw in U.S. policy. (Published by the National Institute for Public Policy)
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This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undertaken by HRNK to use satellite imagery and former detainee interviews to shed light on human suffering in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, more commonly known as North Korea) by monitoring activity at political prison facilities throughout the nation. This report provides an abbreviated update to our previous reports on a long-term political prison commonly identified by former prisoners and researchers as Kwan-li-so
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
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-term detention facilities, conducted by the Committee for Human Rights