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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
September 07, 2016
    Korea Club with Markus Garlauskas Wednesday | September 7, 2016 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  A Changing North Korea Guest Speaker: Markus Garlauskas Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182 &
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: Kim Kwang-jin Author, Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea's Export Industries Discussants:  David Asher Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security Roberta Cohen Co-chair Emeritus, HRNK Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution William Newcomb Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Moderator:  Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK About the Author As non-resident fellow at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, Mr. Kim Kwang-jin is an invaluable experienced resource shedding light into the darkest corners of the North Korean regime‘s secret and illegal international financial operations. His revelations have saved re-insurance companies tens of millions of dollars and brought an end to an important metho
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 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE CENTER CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 1616 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036 Registration link Confirmed RSVPs are required for admittance.   Please join us for a special gathering of policymakers, opinion leaders, and stakeholders on the topic of North Korean human rights and the nexus with security issues. This full-day gathering commemorates the two-year anniversary of the publication of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry report and subsequent UN action to address North Korea's human rights violations. Featured speakers and panelists will discuss accountability for North Korean human rights abuses, feature new data and research, examine the link between human and national security, and investigate policy prospects for 2016 as we seek to deepen understanding of the human condition in North Korea and formulat
February 09, 2016
Presenter:  Robert Collins Author, Pyongyang Republic: North Korea's Capital of Human Rights Denial Moderator:  Nicholas Eberstadt Board Member, HRNK
December 18, 2015
New York City, December 16, 2015 – Aardvark Alley Films is pleased to announce the upcoming work-in-progress screening of PLAYING FRISBEE IN NORTH KOREA, December 18th, 2015 at 10:30 am at the United Nations. The screening is sponsored by the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA). A Q&A will follow the 35 minute excerpt of the film with filmmaker Savanna Washington,  Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, D.C. and Kim Hyeongsoo, a high ranking North Korean defector, who worked for 6 years at the Institute for Health and Longevity, the government agency that is responsible for Kim Il Sung and Kim Jung Il’s healthcare.  For more information, please click here. 
December 01, 2015
Join the Giving Tuesday movement with HRNK on December 1, 2015 to show your support for spreading awareness about the human rights issues in North Korea. Submit your photos holding up your reason for supporting HRNK to [email protected] by December 1 to be featured in our Giving Tuesday album on social media. Click here to print your poster and fill in your reason for supporting HRNK.  Please see an example below:  Donate now to HRNK. ​
November 16, 2015
September 18, 2015
    The Hidden Gulag IV Gender Repression & Prisoner Disappearances & Camp 15 Imagery Update Friday, September 18, 2015 9:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. Also Featuring  No Chain: The Association of North Korean Political Victims and Their Families Knight Studio at the Newseum
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George Hutchinson's The Suryong, the Soldier, and Information in the KPA is the second of three building blocks of a multi-year HRNK project to examine North Korea's information environment. Hutchinson's thoroughly researched and sourced report addresses the circulation of information within the Korean People's Army (KPA). Understanding how KPA soldiers receive their information is needed to prepare information campaigns while taking into account all possible contingenc

North Korea’s Political Prison Camp, Kwan-li-so No. 14, Update 1
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, and Amanda Mortwedt Oh
Dec 22, 2021

This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undertaken by HRNK to use satellite imagery and former prisoner interviews to shed light on human suffering in North Korea by monitoring activity at political prison facilities throughout the nation. This is the second HRNK satellite imagery report detailing activity observed during 2015 to 2021 at a prison facility commonly identified by former prisoners and researchers as “Kwan-li-so No. 14 Kaech’ŏn” (39.646810, 126.117058) and

North Korea's Long-term Prison-Labor Facility, Kyo-hwa-so No.3, T’osŏng-ni (토성리)
Joseph S Bermudez Jr, Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Oh, & Rosa Tokola
Nov 03, 2021

This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undertaken by HRNK to use satellite imagery and former prisoner interviews to shed light on human suffering in North Korea by monitoring activity at civil and political prison facilities throughout the nation. This study details activity observed during 1968–1977 and 2002–2021 at a prison facility commonly identified by former prisoners and researchers as "Kyo-hwa-so No. 3, T'osŏng-ni" and endeavors to e

North Korea’s Political Prison Camp, Kwan-li-so No. 25, Update 3
Joseph S Bermudez Jr, Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Oh, & Rosa Tokola
Sep 30, 2021

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

North Korea’s Potential Long-Term  Prison-Labor Facility at Sŏnhwa-dong (선화동)
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Oh, & Rosa Park
Aug 26, 2021

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
Joseph S Bermudez, Jr, Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda M Oh, & Rosa Park
Jul 22, 2021

"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