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June 04, 2019
The Annual Conference of the International Council on Korean Studies and the Council on Korea-U.S. Security Studies jointly with The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), Seoul National University Alumni Group, the Korea Economic Institute of America, and the One Korea Foundation cordially invite you to: ICKS Annual Conference: Security Challenges on the Korean Peninsula in 2019: Prospects for Peace and Stability Tuesday, June 4, 2019 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Korea Economic Institute of America 1800 K Street NW 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20006 8:15 a.m. - Registration 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks Speakers: General Byung Kwan Kim, ROKA (Retired), Co-Chairman, Council on U.S.-Korean Security Studies (ROK Council) General John H. Tilelli, Jr., USA (Retired), Co-Chairman, Council on U.S.-Korean Security Studies (U.S. Council) Dr. Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., President, International Council of Korean Studies and Angelo State University Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea Mr. Troy Stangarone, Korea Economic Institute 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Panel I. North and South Korea: Economic Reconciliation? Moderator: General & Dr. Jae Chang Kim, ROKA (Retired) Papers: “Sanctions, Inter-Korean Relations and North Korea's Denuclearization," Dr. Ihn-hwi Park, Ehwa Womans University “The North Korean Economic System: Challenges and Issues," Mr. Kyle Ferrier, Korea Economic Institute of America &q
May 03, 2019
RSVP on Eventbrite Hudson Institute, the Government of Japan, and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) will host a seminar addressing the abduction of Japanese, South Korean, American and nationals of other countries by North Korea. This two-part seminar will feature families of abductees who will discuss the process of seeking to learn the fate of loved ones held in North Korea. The seminar will also explore international cooperation toward the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues of concern such as abductions, nuclear, and missile issues. For part one, we have speakers from Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States, including abductee family members, to talk about their agony. For part two, Japanese and U.S. officials will give remarks regarding their work on the abductions issue and will include a question and answer session with the audience. This event will include simultaneous translations. NOTE: This event is open to the press. All members of the media should RSVP to [email protected]
May 01, 2019
Dear Colleague: You are invited to the Korea Club event on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The event will feature Mr. Jung Gwang-il, Founder and Director of "No Chain" and survivor of Political Prison Camp No. 15 in North Korea. He will share his memories of detention and his current work to keep the North Korean human rights situation in focus. Mr. Jung will share complimentary copies of his organization's report "Yoduk List" with the participants. The report comprises a list of 180 victims of enforced disappearances whom he met while being detained at Camp No. 15. Jung Gwang-il was a prisoner at No.15 Yodok Political Penal-labor Colony for three years, from 1999 to 2002. He is currently one of the best-known former North Koreans involved in outreach activities aiming to expose North Korea’s human rights violations and to inform the international public opinion on the human rights situation in that country. Mr. Jung’s UN testimony was critical in passing a resolution on North Korean human rights by the UN General Assembly in the fall of 2014. He has provided testimony to UN representatives in New York City and Geneva and human rights organizations around the world. He has also been compiling lists of prisoner names in North Korea, a rare asset in the hands of the North Korean human rights investigator. Such information will prove critical to the accountability and transitional justice process in North Korea. PROGRAM DETAILS The dinner will start at 7:00 pm, followed by the speaker’s presentation and Q & A session. The program will conclude at 9:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $25.00, payable at the door by check, cash or credit card. RSVP is required for this program. Seating is limited. 
March 05, 2019
Please RSVP by February 25, 2019.  Lea PEREKRESTS, Human Rights Without Frontiers. Presentation title: Defending Human Rights in North Korea at the United Nations: a year in review As the Deputy Director of HRWF, Lea Perekrests has worked on North Korean human rights issues for the past three years. She has specifically looked at the issue of North Korean overseas workers around the globe, presenting her research at Leiden University, the United Nations in Geneva, as well as in Brussels. Her knowledge expands regionally, as she has developed research regarding religious communities in China, South Korea, and South-east Asia. Created in Brussels in 2001, Human Rights Without Frontiers International (HRWF Int’l) is a non-profit association that seeks to shape European and international policy in ways that strengthen democracy, uphold the rule of law and protect human rights globally.  Greg SCARLATOIU, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) Washington, D.C. Greg Scarlatoiu is a visiting professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul as well as instructor and coordinator of the Korean Peninsula and Japan class at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI).  Scarlatoiu is vice president of the executive board of the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS). He has over six years of experience in international development, on projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. For sixteen years, Scarlatoiu has authored and broadcast the weekly Korean language ‘Scarlatoiu Column’ to North Korea for Radio Free Asia. A seasoned lecturer on Korean issues, Scarlatoiu is a frequent
February 22, 2019
The Committee For Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) & the North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC) cordially invite you to: FEARPOLITIK:  Kim Jong-un's Great Purge Friday, February 22, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. National Press Club Holeman Lounge 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045 The event will feature a new NKSC report, including a list of names and backgrounds of senior officials purged under the Kim Jong-un regime. AGENDA Speakers: KANG CHOL-HWAN Chairman, North Korea Strategy Center PETER LEE CEO, North Korea Strategy Center U.S., Inc. DAVID MAXWELL Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Board Member, HRNK Moderator: GREG SCARLATOIU Executive Director, HRNK Lunch will be provided.  The event will be on the record.    RSVP Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs, at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
January 30, 2019
Dear Colleague: You are invited to the Korea Club event on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. The event will feature Mr. Yonho Kim, who will give a presentation entitled, "North Korea's Mobile Telecommunications and Private Transportation Services in the Kim Jong-un Era." The presentation is based on a paper recently published under the same title on HRNK Insider, available through the following link: http://www.hrnkinsider.org/2019/01/north-koreas-mobile-telecommunications.html.  Yonho Kim is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI). He is a former Senior Researcher of the US-Korea Institute (USKI) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the former editor of the USKI Washington Review, a bi-weekly Korean report on current foreign policy developments in Washington with regards to the Korean Peninsula. Mr. Kim also manages projects on the North Korean political economy and is the author of “Cell Phones in North Korea: Has North Korea Entered the Telecommunications Revolution?” Prior to joining USKI, he was a Senior Reporter for Voice of America’s Korean Service, where he covered the North Korean economy, North Korea’s illicit activities, and economic sanctions against North Korea. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Kim was a broadcaster for Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service, focusing on developments in and around North Korea and US-ROK alliance issues. From 2001 to 2003, he was the Assistant Director of the Atlantic Council’s Program on Korea in Transition, where he conducted in-depth research on South Korean domestic politics.  Mr. Kim holds a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University, and an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced Inter
December 19, 2018
AGENDA Author: ROBERT COLLINS Discussants: DAVID MAXWELL Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Board Member, HRNK JUNG PAK Senior Fellow and SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, The Brookings Institution Moderator:  GREG SCARLATOIU Executive Director, HRNK The event will be on the record.    RSVP Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs, at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
July 31, 2018
Please click here to view the conference brochure of the 2018 HUFS International Summer Session entitled "NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS: DIPLOMACY, DOCUMENTATION, AND ADVOCACY" to be held at HUFS on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 17:30 to 19:30. 
July 24, 2018
    Korea Club with Andrei Lankov TUESDAY | July 24, 2018 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm   Kim Jong-un's Survival Strategy, Why It Might Work Guest Speaker: Andrei Lankov Director of Korea Risk Group Professor at Kookmin University Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182 Dear Colleague: You are invited to a special summer meeting of the Korea Club on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The event w
May 29, 2018
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and No Chain cordially invite you to: ​​ An Investigation into the Human Rights Situation in North Korea's Political Prison Camps: Testimonies of Detainee Families Tuesday, May 29, 2018 ​2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. National Press Club Holeman Lounge 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045 AGENDA Presenter: JUNG GWANG-IL Founder and President, No Chain Discussants: OLIVIA ENOS Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation ROSA PARK Director of Programs and Editor, HRNK Moderator:  GREG SCARLATOIU Executive Director, HRNK Interpreter:  HUIWON YUN HRNK Q&A Closing Remarks The event will be on the record.  ​Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs, at [email protected] to RSVP. 
February 21, 2018
Korea Club WEDNESDAY | February 21, 2018 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm The Nexus of Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons in North Korea Guest Speaker: Ambassador Robert Joseph Senior Scholar, National Institute for Public Policy Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security 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, February 21, 2018. The event will feature Ambassador Robert Joseph, who will give a presentation entitled, "The Nexus of Human Rights and Nuclear Weapons in North Korea." Ambassador Robert Joseph is a Senior Scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy. Until March 2007, Ambassador Joseph was Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. In this capacity, he reported directly to the Secretary of State as the principal State Department officer for non- and counterproliferation matters, arms control, arms transfers, regional security and defense relations, and security assistance. His management responsibilities included oversight of three major bureaus headed by Assistant Secretaries of State: International Security and Nonproliferation; Political and Military Affairs; and Verification, Compliance&nbs
January 23, 2018
U.S. Policy Toward North and South Korea: Dealing with "One Country, Two Planets"   Guest Speaker:  Aloysius M. O'Neill Retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer 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 Tuesday, January 23, 2018.The event will feature Aloysius M. O'Neill, who will give a presentation entitled, "U.S. Policy Toward North and South Korea: Dealing with "One Country, Two Planets." Aloysius M. O’Neill worked for many years on U.S. relations with the Republic of Korea and to a lesser extent with the DPRK.  As a Foreign Service Officer, he served twice in the American Embassy in Seoul, first from 1977 to 1979 and again from 1988 to 1992.  In the latter period, he worked closely with Korean diplomatic colleagues on the ROK’s expanding relations with the DPRK’s allies under Nordpolitik.   As a political officer in Tokyo from 1982 to 1984, he analyzed Japan’s Asia policy during a period that included the Soviet shoot-down of Korean Air 007 and the Rangoon bombing – the North Korean attempt to assassinate President Chun Doo-hwan. Mr. O’Neill was serving in the American embassy in Rangoon when the North Koreans destroyed Korean Air 858 in 1987.  As the U.S. consul general in Okinawa from 1994 to 1997, Mr. O’Neill was deeply en
December 12, 2017
North Korea: The Land of Lousy Options Guest Speaker:  Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson (USMC, Ret) Senior Advisor, Avascent Global Advisors Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs 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 Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The event will feature Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson, who will give a presentation entitled, "North Korea: The Land of Lousy Options." ​Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, Ret.) is the Senior Advisor at Avascent International. He most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer for the United States Olympic Committee as an independent consultant before entering Government in 2009. In Japan, he was Director of Asia-Pacific Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1998 to 2000. From 2003 to 2005, he was Commanding General of the Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Forces Central Command, where he led and managed over 70,000 Marines and Sailors in the Middle East, East Africa, Asia, and the United States. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Commanding General of the III Marine Expeditionary Force in Japan, where he was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, the Gold and Silver Star; the Korean Order of National Security Merit, Gukseon Medal; and the Order of Resplendent Banner from the Republic of China. Please note: THIS EVENT IS ON-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 cost of the dinner is $25.00, payable at the door by either check o
December 12, 2017
The War Crimes Committee of the International Bar Association invites you to the launch of a Report on the findings of a nearly two-year Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity in North Korean Political Prisons.  The Inquiry Report finds reasonable grounds to conclude that Kim Jong-un and members of his regime have committed ten of the eleven crimes against humanity enumerated in the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC).
November 13, 2017
AGENDA Presenters: Robert Collins, Author Amanda Mortwedt Oh, Author Discussants: James Durand Member of the Board of Directors, International Council of Korean Studies Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Korean Studies  George Hutchinson Member of the Board of Directors, International Council of Korean Studies Editor, International Journal of Korean Studies  Mark Tokola Vice President, Korea Economic Institute Moderator:  Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK Q&A Closing Remarks The event will be on the record.  RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-cradle-to-grave-the-path-of-north-korean-innocents-tickets-39348193506 Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs, at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
October 26, 2017
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to: ​ THE PARALLEL GULAG: North Korea's "An-jeon-bu" Prison Camps Thursday, October 26, 2017 ​9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. National Press Club ​First Amendment Lounge 529 14th Street, NW  Washington, DC 20045 Opening Remarks Victor Cha, Korea Chair, CSIS Presenters David Hawk, Author Amanda Mortwedt Oh, HRNK Discussants Roberta Cohen, Co-Chair Emeritus, HRNK Stephen Noerper, Senior Director, Korea Society Moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, HRNK Q&A Closing Remarks ​ The event will be on the record.  To RSVP for this event, please click to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-parallel-gulag-north-koreas-an-jeon-bu-prison-camps-tickets-38539427465?aff=es2 ​Please email Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs at [email protected] with any questions or concerns. 
September 13, 2017
Korea Club Wednesday |  September 13, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Facing North: Managing North Korea's Military Challenge Guest Speaker:  Gen. In-Bum Chun (ROK, Ret) Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS Visiting Fellow, Center for East Asia Policy, Brookings Institution 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, September 13, 2017. The event will feature Gen. In-Bum Chun, who will give a presentation entitled, "Facing North: Managing North Korea's Military Challenge." Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun (ROK, Ret) is a Visiting Scholar at U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Visiting Fellow at the Center for East Asia Policy Studies of the B
July 25, 2017
  PROGRAM  Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Venue: International Conference Hall B2, Minerva Complex, HUFS 1. Opening of Ceremony --------------------------------------- Greg Scarlatoiu Moderator Executive Director, HRNK 2. Keynote Speech --------------------------------------- H.E. Jung-Hoon Lee              Ambassador for North Korean Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea “North Korean Human Rights: Past, Present, Future” 3. Speakers -----------------------------------------------------------Signe Poulsen Representative, UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (Seoul) “The Balance between Accountability and Engagement” Kwang-Jin Kim Senior Researcher, ROK Institute for National Security Strategy “An Update on Kim Regime Dynamics and Overseas Economic Activities” Kwang-Il Jeong Political Prison Camp Survivor Director and Founder, “No Fence for North Korea” “From Political Prison Camp Survivor to Information Warrior
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
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North Korea’s Long-term Re-education through Labor Camp (Kyo-hwa-so)  at Pokchŏng-ni
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Mortwedt Oh, an
May 29, 2019

This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undertaken by HRNK to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in North Korea by monitoring activity at political prison facilities throughout the nation. This study details activity observed during the past 14 years at a prison facility that is provisionally being identified as the Pokchŏng-ni Kyo-hwa-so (39.001730 126.055616) and endeavors to establish a preliminary baseline report of the facility.

THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EST WEDNESDAY DEC. 19, 2018. Denied from the Start: Human Rights at the Local Level in North Korea is a comprehensive study of how North Korea’s Kim regime denies human rights for each and every citizen of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). In doing so, this report examines human rights denial policies and practices. Local institutions are responsible for this denial at the schools, housing units, workplaces, and beyon

In this submission, HRNK focuses its attention on the DPRK’s—  1. System of political imprisonment, wherein a multitude of human rights violations are evidenced, including enforced disappearance, amounting to crimes against humanity.  2. Restrictions on freedom of movement, affecting women in particular, as evidenced in sexual violence, human trafficking, and arbitrary detention.  3. Policy of social and political discrimination, known as “so

From Cradle to Grave: The Path of North Korean Innocents
Robert Collins and Amanda Mortwedt Oh
Nov 13, 2017

This paper draws on existing research and Robert Collins’ previous work to explain the ideological basis and institutional structure of the Kim regime’s rule of terror, with an emphasis on the political prison camps. It is intended to provide a brief overview of how North Korea’s party-state controls every individual’s life from the cradle to the grave through relentless indoctrination, surveillance, and punishment. Specifically, it seeks to answer the following questions: What so

The Parallel Gulag: North Korea's
David Hawk with Amanda Mortwedt Oh
Oct 26, 2017

In this book, David Hawk provides never-before-seen imagery of labor re-education camps, both suspected and confirmed. He reveals a parallel network of prisons controlled by the DPRK’s Ministry of People’s Security (An-jeon-bu). These revelations suggest the imposition of degrees of suffering even more pervasive than the UN COI described in 2014. Although these labor camps might be described as “ordinary prisons”, there is nothing “ordinary” in the treatment of those i

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.