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June 22, 2017
THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON KOREAN STUDIES jointly with COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA AND KOREA ECONOMIC INSTITUTE OF AMERICA THE CHANGING SITUATION ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA: CHALLENGES FOR NEW PRESIDENTS IN 2017 June 22, 2017, Thursday Korea Economic Institute of America 1800 K Street, NW Suite 1010, Washington, DC 20006 Click here to RSVP Conference Schedule: 8:00 AM Registration 8:45–9:00 AM Opening Remarks Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., President International Council of Korean Studies and Angelo State University
June 07, 2017
Korea Club  Wednesday |  June 7, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  U.S. Korea Policy: Issues, Priorities, Prospects Guest Speakers:  James Applegate Chief of DPRK Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs U.S. Department of State & Will Cobb Chief of ROK Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs  U.S. Department of State Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182   Dear Colleague: You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The event will feature Mr. James Applegate, Chief of DPRK Unit and Mr. Will Cobb, Chief of ROK Unit at the Office of Korean Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, who will give a presentation entitled, "U.S. Korea Policy: Issues, Priorities, Prospects." James ApplegateJames Applegate is the Chief of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Prior to taking this assignment, Mr. Applegate served as Deputy Counselor for United Nations Affairs at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria (UNVIE) (2013-2016).  His other overseas assignments include Kabul, Afghanistan (2012-2013); Canberra, Australia (2009-2011); and Guangzhou, China (2007-2009).  He also served as a Watch Officer and Senior Watch Officer in the Department’s 24-hour Operations Center, which monitors developing crises around the world.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Applegate spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia before joining the Foreign Service.  Will CobbWill Cobb is the Chief of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Prior to taking this assignment, Mr. Cobb served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of Sta
May 10, 2017
Korea Club  Tuesday |  May 10, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm   South Korea-U.S. Relations: Past, Present, Future   Guest Speaker:  His Excellency Ahn Ho-young Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States   Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182 Dear Colleague: You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The event will feature His Excellency Ahn Ho-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, who will give a presentation entitled, "South Korea-U.S. Relations: Past, Present, Future."   Ambassador Ho-young Ahn is the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the United States. He began his posting in June of 2013. Ambassador Ahn is a career diplomat who has served as the Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, and as First Vice Foreign Minister. ​
April 24, 2017
On the first day of North Korea Freedom Week, The George Washington University Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (THiNK) cordially invites you to:  North Korea’s Gulag: Addressing an Ongoing Humanitarian Emergency Monday, April 24, 2017 | 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. GWU Betts Theater Marvin Center 800 21st Street, NW  Washington, DC 20052 1:00–1:05 p.m. | Welcoming Remarks
April 05, 2017
Korea Club  Wednesday |  April 5, 2017 6:30–9:00PM North Korean Refugee Settlement in the ROK: An Update Guest Speaker:  Kwang-joo Sohn Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182 Dear Colleague: You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The event will feature Kwang-joo Sohn, who will give a presentation entitled, "North Korean Refugee Settlement in ROK: An Update." Kwang-joo Sohn is the President of Korea Hana Foundation (North Korean Refugees Foundation), an organization established under the ROK Ministry of Unification. Previously, Mr. Sohn led the DailyNK Korea Unification Strategy Institute and served as the chief editor for the DailyNK. He also led the Ideology Research Center, Institute for International Affairs Research, ROK National Intelligence Service (NIS), was a member of the NIS Unification Policy Institute Research Committee, and of the advisory committee of the 17th Presidential Transition Team in 2008. Mr. Sohn has been a member of the Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights since 2007. A former reporter for the Dong-A Daily, Mr. Sohn holds a BA in French language and literature from Korea University and completed the Graduate School of North Korean Studies at Kyungnam University. For two years, he studied under Hwang Jang-yeop, former president of Kim Il-sung University and most senior North Korean defector to the ROK. He has authored numerous articles and columns as well as six books on the inner workings of the Kim regime. Please note, this EVENT WILL BE OFF THE RECORD.   PROGRAM DETAILS The reception will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm, and the speaker’s presentation and Q & A session. The program will conclude at 9:00 pm. The
March 27, 2017
North Korea’s human rights abuses: The crimes of a belligerent state Monday, March 27, 2017 | 10:00 AM–3:40 PM Lunch will be served. AEI, Auditorium | 1789 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20036 For US policy, defending human rights in North Korea is not only a moral imperative but also an essential element to reducing the regime’s threats to the rest of the world. RSVP Watch Live Online    DESCRIPTION Pyongyang is the world’s worst human rights violator, and yet, the Kim regime’s behavior at home cannot be dismissed as an isolated threat far from America’s shores, as North Korea’s latest atrocities abroad — overseas assassinations, rocket launches, and nuclear threats — demonstrate. For US policy, defending human rights in North Korea is not only a moral imperative but also an essential element to reducing the danger the regime poses to the world. Please join AEI, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and the Yonsei Center for Human Liberty on March 27 — the third anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s endorsement of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights report on North Korea — for an expert update on the human rights situation in North Korea and a discussion of how Washington and its allies in the region can seek to improve it. PARTICIPANTS Virginia Bennett, US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Nicholas Eberstad
March 09, 2017
Korea Club Thursday | March 9, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm North Korea and the Mission to Account for America's Missing Korean War Servicemen Guest Speaker:  Col. Ashton Ormes (USA Ret.) Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182 Dear Colleague: You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The event will feature Col. Ashton Ormes, who will give a presentation entitled, "North Korea and the Mission to Account for America's Missing Korean War Servicemen."   Ashton Ormes is a retired U.S. Army colonel, a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer, and a former civilian member of th
March 01, 2017
Join St. Mary’s University for the North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities conference featuring experts from around the globe. The program will delve into timely issues about North Korea’s military, international community, engagement and diplomacy. Wednesaday, March 1, 2017 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Mary’s University University Center, Conference Room A Reception to follow
December 16, 2016
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) ​cordially invite you to:  ​Expert Meeting: U.S. and ROK Policy toward North Korean Human Rights
November 17, 2016
Dear Colleague: You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Thursday, November 17, 2016. The event will feature Ambassador Joseph
July 26, 2016
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May 26, 2016
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) ​cordially invites you to the launch of our new report:  ​        GULAG, INC. The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea's Export Industries by Kim Kwang-jin Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m. The National Press Club ​Holeman Lounge 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045   Presenter:
March 30, 2016
The Korea Club on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 featured Joshua Stanton who gave a presentation entitled "North Korea Sanctions & Po
February 19, 2016
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February 19, 2016
Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), the George W. Bush Institute, theYonsei Center for Human Liberty, and the National Endowment for Democracy invite you to Save the Date for a special event: North Korea: The Human Rights and Security Nexus   Friday, February 19, 2016
February 09, 2016
Presenter:  Robert Collins Author, Pyongyang Republic: North Korea's Capital of Human Rights Denial Moderator:  Nicholas Eberstadt Board Member, HRNK
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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.

North Korea: Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Mike Eley
Aug 30, 2016

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. and AllSource Analysis, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, have launched a report entitled North Korea: Imagery Analysis of Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri. Although the detention facility was featured in the September 2015 report The Hidden Gulag IV: Gender Repression and Prisoner Disappearances by David Hawk, this is the first HRNK/AllSource An

Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea's Export Industries
Kim Kwang-jin, HRNK Non-Resident Fellow
May 26, 2016

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM EST THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016 Coal, iron ore, copper, and other commodities constituting the bulk of North Korea’s exports are mined using forced and slave labor, according to a new 50-page report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). Authored by Kim Kwang-jin, North Korean escapee and senior analyst currently residing in South Korea, Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea’s Export Industries is an exami