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June 10, 2021
From the Workers' Paradise to the United States, former North Korean Doohyun Kim will share the life, trials, and journey of his North Korean family, who miraculously escaped North Korea.  Doohyun is a senior at Utah Valley University, majoring in Global Politics. He also studied at Seoul Cyber University in South Korea, majoring in Business Administration. Doohyun is currently a member of HRNK's research, translation, and media-monitoring team.  The event will be open to the press, and on-the-record. Please click on the button above or click here to RSVP.  The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program. Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
May 26, 2021
This event will be on the record. Featuring:  Ms. Seo-hyun Lee  & Mr. Hyeun-seung Lee North Korean Escapees Hosts, “Pyonghattan” YouTube Program Moderated by: Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK North Korean escapees Ms. Seo-hyun Lee and Mr. Hyeun-seung Lee will address their life experience in North Korea, South Korea, and the United States. The two hosts of the “Pyonghattan” program will discuss the current state of the North Korean economy, society, politics, and human rights as well as North Korean elites and Kim regime dynamics. They will address the potential role of North Korea’s youth and the “Jangmadang Generation” in transforming North Korea moving forward. The speakers will address the importance of empowering the people of North Korea through information from the outside world. After all, the only way to enact positive change in North Korea is by means of empowering its people through such information. Please click here to RSVP.  The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program. Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
May 13, 2021
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to: HRNK Board Member Speaking Series “The Biden Administration: Is a North Korean Human Rights Reset Possible?”  Thursday, May 13, 2021 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) This event will be on the record. Featuring:  Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt Henry Wendt Chair, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Founding Board Member, HRNK Moderated by: Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK Can the Biden administration stop Kim and thwart his nuclear ambitions? Can the Biden administration retake the higher ground once held on North Korean human rights? The answer is yes—if it is serious about doing so. President Biden has the power and the options at his disposal to progressively reduce the North Korean threat. Accomplishing this, however, will take a vision and resolve his predecessors lacked—and determination as well not to repeat their mistakes in dealing with Pyongyang. The event will be open to the press, and on-the-record. Please click here to RSVP.  The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program. Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
April 27, 2021
Recent reports suggest that North Korean women in China are subjected to systematic rape, sex trafficking, sexual slavery, sexual abuse, prostitution, cybersex trafficking, forced marriage, and forced pregnancy. Reportedly, tens of thousands of North Korean women and girls are being trafficked into China and sold into the sex trade. The business of the sale of North Korean women is worth an estimated $105 million annually. It is a business that will not cease without intervention and certainly not until an organised international effort is underway.  The panelists will discuss the issue and consider what can be done to address the issue.  Speakers include: Lord Alton of Liverpool, Crossbench Peer at the UK House of Lords Greg Scarlatoiu, HRNK Executive Director Jihyun Park, North Korean defector and Human Rights Activist Please register via Eventbrite: https://traffickingofnkwomen.eventbrite.co.uk
April 22, 2021
Joshua Stanton’s HRNK report “Arsenal of Terror” (2015) generated critical information and analysis credited for contributing to the relisting of North Korea as a state-sponsor of terrorism. Over the years, his work has been instrumental in designing the North Korean sanctions regime while paying particular attention to humanitarian exemptions. Joshua Stanton will focus on recent instances of terror by the North Korean regime, including the assassination of the leader’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam with VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur international airport, the threat to emigres inside South Korea, as well as the ongoing need for legislation to clarify definitions and process. The event will be open to the press, and on-the-record. Please click here to RSVP.  The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program. Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
April 01, 2021
The North Korean regime has been classified in the Open Doors World Watch List as the worst state perpetrator of Christian persecution for the past 20 years through 2021. Only when one contemplates the ‘rivals’ for this designation, such as Somalia, Afghanistan, China, Sudan, Yemen, and Uzbekistan, among other world-class persecutors, does the full impact of Pyongyang’s systemic suppression of its Christian population begin to register. The roots of this toxic strain of religious intolerance can be found in the personality and political philosophy of North Korea’s founding father, Kim Il-sung, the current absolute leader’s grandfather. The grandson has shown himself no less vitriolic in his distrust and hatred of followers of the Nazarene. Despite overwhelming odds that could have caused its extinction, the remnant of the North Korean church has endured through over 70 years of relentless persecution. During those decades, silent external partners of goodwill have desperately sought ways to bring hope, encouragement and practical assistance to the beleaguered faithful continually under Caesar's sword. Small pinholes of light in the regime have shed just enough illumination so that those eager to help are able to assist the persecuted. In necessarily general terms, Reverend Peters will describe some of those tactics. Please RSVP by clicking here.  The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program.  Please email the Director of Programs and Editor at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
March 25, 2021
This event was held on the record. The three presenters presented an overview of the North Korean refugee crisis including: refoulement to North Korea, China’s role, the applicability of the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and the international response. The speakers addressed the U.S. North Korean Human Rights Act, the status of North Korean refugees in the United States, and challenges faced throughout their resettlement process. In addition, the panel discussed the status of former North Koreans in South Korea, including challenges faced during their resettlement and naturalization process and the current South Korean government’s stance on escapee activists and human rights groups. Finally, the panel discussed the impact of the North Korean regime’s COVID “ultra-lockdown” on those who attempt to escape.
March 10, 2021
Ambassador Morse Tan will address accountability for the crimes against humanity and other egregious human rights violations committed by the North Korean regime. The North Korean human rights issue was sidelined during summit diplomacy with the DPRK. However, more than seven years after the UN COI report, accountability is not forgotten. Ambassador Tan, a top authority on global criminal justice and a most prolific North Korean human rights scholar, will share his thoughts on a roadmap to seeking accountability and justice in the DPRK. The event will be open to the press and on-the-record. Please RSVP by clicking the button above or by clicking here.  The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program.  Please email the Director of Programs and Editor at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
February 25, 2021
Please click here to RSVP.  "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 latest report by Robert Collins adds to his many contributions to understanding North Korea’s levers of power, the dominant role of the Korean Workers’ Party and the key elites, the chain of control and command responsible for crimes against humanity and other egregious human rights violations as well as the extent of the oppression brought onto all levels of North Korean society. Together with Collins’ North Korea’s "Organization and Guidance Department: The Control Tower of Human Rights Denial" (2019), "Denied from the Start: Human Rights at the Local Level in North Korea" (2018), "From Cradle to Grave: The Path of North Korean Innocents" (2017), "Pyongyang Republic: North Korea’s Capital of Human Rights Denial" (2016), and "Marked for Life: Songbun, North Korea’s Social Classification System" (2012), "South Africa’s Apartheid and North Korea’s Songbun" provides invaluable insight for decision makers, diplomats, scholars, and human rights defenders. The event will be open to the press and on-the-record. The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program.  Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
January 25, 2021
This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule RSVP Featuring: Daiji Yamaguchi Director of Policy, Headquarters for the Abductions Issue, Government of Japan Moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. Director Daiji Yamaguchi will provide a brief overview and update on the issue of abductions of Japanese citizens and nationals of other countries by North Korea. This virtual event, conducted via Zoom, will be open to the public, including press correspondents.  The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program.  Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
December 21, 2020
Please RSVP here.  HRNK will be featuring 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. The event will be open to the press and on-the-record. The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program.  Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
December 17, 2020
Featuring Speakers: Stephan Haggard Lawrence and Sallye Krause Distinguished Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego Marcus Noland Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics Member, Board of Directors, HRNK Moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK HRNK is pleased to feature the two authors of our report "Hunger and Human Rights" (2005). Dr. Stephan Haggard and Dr. Marcus Noland will address their work on famine and food insecurity in North Korea. They will also draw comparisons between the human security and human rights situation in North Korea under Kim Jong-il and under the current regime of Kim Jong-un. The event will be open to the press and on-the-record. The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program.  Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
December 15, 2020
Please click here to RSVP: https://forms.gle/WMbwM9UP6PfY3T7z5.  Featuring: Introductory Remarks: The Honorable Roberta Cohen Co-chair Emeritus, HRNK Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights,  U.S. Department of State Speakers: The Honorable Robert King Former Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, U.S. Department of State Member, Board of Directors, HRNK His Excellency Jung Hoon Lee Dean, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Yonsei University Former ROK Inaugural Ambassador-at-Large for North Korean Human Rights Member, Board of Directors, HRNK Moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK HRNK is delighted to inaugurate our Board Speaking Series, which will feature current and former members of HRNK's Board of Directors. The three distinguished speakers will address the role of the U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean human rights and the ROK Ambassador-at-Large for North Korean human rights. The Honorable Robert King and His Excellency Jung Hoon Lee held these positions until January 2017 and September 2017, respectively. The positions have not been filled since. The event will be open to the press and on-the-record. The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program.  Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs and Editor, at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
November 19, 2020
HRNK is delighted to host a Zoom event featuring author David Hawk at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, November 19. This is going to be the first of our new “Virtual HRNK Author Speaking Series.” For over two decades, David Hawk has investigated and reported on North Korea’s vast system of unlawful imprisonment. His 2003 report “Hidden Gulag” was HRNK’s first, and also the first report ever to combine witness testimony with satellite imagery analysis to scrutinize North Korea’s political prison camps. Ever since, David Hawk has authored four more reports for HRNK, on both the kwan-li-so political prison camps and the kyo-hwa-so reeducation through labor camps. During this program, he will provide an overview of his investigation over the past 20 years as well as his views on the transformation of North Korea’s prison camp system in the 21st century. The event will be moderated by HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu.    The event will be open to the press, and on-the-record. Please click here to RSVP: https://forms.gle/SuQKk6vj6FsWnoe3A.  Please email the Director of Programs and Editor at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
September 10, 2020
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to: The David Sneddon Case: Not Forgotten A Discussion with James Sneddon Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) This event will be on the record. Please click here to RSVP: https://forms.gle/2GNXXcQC58J5gqJFA.  Dear Friends of HRNK, On Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT, HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu will moderate a Zoom event with James Sneddon, brother of David Sneddon. In August 2004, David Louis Sneddon, at the time a 24-year-old Brigham Young University student, disappeared in China's Yunnan Province after traveling alone through Tiger Leaping Gorge. The evidence surrounding his disappearance followed patterns identified in multiple cases of North Korean abductions. As the older brother of David Sneddon, the only US citizen believed to be held against his will in the DPRK, James Sneddon is intimately aware and personally dedicated to the return of all DPRK abductees while helping shine a bright light on the abysmal human rights record of North Korea. He believes that only through this lens, that of the DPRK’s past and concurrent human rights abuses, will his family gain traction to find out the full truth about his brother and secure his release. James personally searched in China and, with his father Roy Sneddon and older brother Michael Sneddon, developed the original detailed executive report utilized today as the launchpad for explaining David’s disappearance.  James, having spent over 20 years working and living in Asia, has keen insight into Asian cultures, and is able to carefully leverage his Japanese language fluency and cultural adaptability to navigate the original abduction information sour
August 28, 2020
Dear Friends of HRNK, We are delighted to inform you that we have been able to reschedule a very special event, previously postponed due to reasons outside of HRNK's control. Please join us for a Zoom conversation titled "North Korean Human Rights: An Update in the Age of COVID-19."  The event will feature The Honorable Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). The event, moderated by HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu, will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 28, 2020.  Please click here to RSVP: https://forms.gle/7nPJzwn3Vux8akSP7.  The Honorable Tomás OJEA QUINTANA is a lawyer with more than 14 years of activities in the field of human rights. He has worked at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. He was also the Executive Director of the OHCHR Programme for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights in Bolivia. Most recently, he has represented the Argentinean NGO “Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo” in cases concerning child abduction during the military regime. The Honorable Ojea Quintana was Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in Myanmar between 2008 and 2014. The Zoom credentials will be sent to you shortly before the program.  Please email the Director of Programs and Editor at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
June 19, 2020
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to: Remembering Otto: A Conversation with Cindy Warmbier Friday, June 19, 2020 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dear Friend of HRNK,   We wish to invite you to join us for a Zoom conversation with Mrs. Cindy Warmbier, mother of Otto Warmbier. HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu will moderate a virtual meeting with Mrs. Warmbier, to be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19th, the day we commemorate three years since the tragic passing of Otto at the hands of the Kim regime.   Otto Warmbier, a bright, handsome, and talented 22-year-old Ohio native and University of Virginia student, passed away on June 19th, 2017, from injuries suffered while detained on fabricated charges in North Korea.   The Kim regime imprisoned and killed Otto. Ever since their beloved son was taken away from them, Cindy and Fred Warmbier have relentlessly pursued truth and justice for him and for the millions of unknown North Koreans who have been similarly subjected to the brutality of the Kim regime.   As the United States and the world are struggling to cope with unprecedented challenges, we hope you can join Mrs. Warmbier and HRNK in this celebration of Otto’s life and legacy.   Please confirm your participation by emailing your RSVP directly to Rosa Park, HRNK's Director of Programs: [email protected] Once we receive your RSVP, we will send you Zoom credentials.   Sincerely yours,   The HRNK Team
June 17, 2020
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to: Six Years after the UN COI Report: A Discussion with Justice Michael Kirby Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) This event will be on the record. HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu will moderate a conversation with The Honorable Michael Kirby, former Chief Commissioner of the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the DPRK. Justice Kirby and Executive Director Scarlatoiu will address the post-UN COI state of human rights in North Korea and measures needed to bring about improvement. Please send your RSVP to the attention of Rosa Park, HRNK’s Director of Programs, at [email protected] Once we receive your RSVP, we will send you Zoom credentials. Biography of The Honorable Michael Kirby When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission.  Soon after, he became inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84).  Later, he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, then President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96) and, concurrently, President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-6).  His appointment to the High Court of Australia followed in 1996 and he served thirteen years.  In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice. In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby has served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macqua
March 19, 2020
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), The Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS, and the George W. Bush Institute cordially invite you to: Human Rights in North Korea: Regaining Lost Ground featuring    Amb. Robert King Board Member, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea Senior Adviser, CSIS Korea Chair Former Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issue   Dr. Victor Cha Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, CSIS Vice Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs and D.S.-Song - KF Professor of Government, Georgetown University Fellow in Human Freedom, George W. Bush Institute   Ms. Roberta Cohen Co-Chair Emeritus, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea   Mr. Lindsay Lloyd Bradford M. Freeman Director of the Human Freedom Initiative, George W. Bush Institute   Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea More speakers to be announced. In the past three years, the momentum to bring human dignity to the citizens of North Korea has lost ground. In 2018, the UN Security Council failed to renew a debate on North Korean human rights abuses in its chambers for the first time since the release of the 2012 Report of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea. To galvanize momentum on human rights issues and to promote discussions of concrete and actionable policy recommendations with a focus on creating change, current and former government officials, scholars, and experts will address developments after the UN COI, explore the nexus of human rights and denuclearization, hear the stories of North Korean refugees, and present new research in the area of human rights. This event wi
December 18, 2019
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to the rollout of its report: Digital Trenches: North Korea's Information Counter-Offensive Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. National Press Club Holeman Lounge 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045 AGENDA Introductory Remarks:  The Honorable Robert King Former U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Board Member, HRNK Presenter: Martyn Williams Author, Digital Trenches: North Korea’s Information Counter-Offensive Discussants: Michael C. Anderson Major, USMC (ret.) Thomas Barker Partner, Co-Chair, Healthcare Practice, Foley Hoag LLP Board Member, HRNK David Maxwell Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Board Member, HRNK Moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK   RSVP Please join HRNK for introductory remarks by HRNK Board Member and the former U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues,  The Honorable Robert King, and a presentation by the author, Martyn Williams as well as a discussion with Michael C. Anderson, Thomas Barker, and David Maxwell.  Please contact HRNK Director of Programs and Editor Rosa Park at ro
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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.