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June 25, 2015
THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON KOREAN STUDIES Jointly with
June 23, 2015
April 27, 2015
Introductory Remarks:  Suzanne Scholte President, North Korea Freedom Coalition Vice-Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, HRNK Presenter:  Joshua Stanton Author, Arsenal of Terror: North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism Discussants:  Nicholas Eberstadt Harry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute Board of Directors, HRNK     Marcus Noland Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics Board of Directors, HRNK Moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK Space is limited. Please RSVP to Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs, at [email protected] by Thursday, April 23, 2015. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Complimentary copies of the report will
February 25, 2015
This event, hosted by The War Crimes Research Office will feature David Mandel-Anthony, Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the U.S. Department of State, leading the discussion. For more information, please see the attached flyer, and RSVP to [email protected]
February 17, 2015
The CSIS Office of the Korea Chair, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Yonsei University Center for Human Liberty invite you to a special conversation:   North Korean Human Rights: The Road Ahead Tuesday, February 17, 2015
February 03, 2015
November 11, 2014
HRNK, NYU School of Law, the Hurford Foundation, CFR's Winston Lord Roundtable on US Foreign Policy and the Rule of Law in Asia, Humanity in Action, and The New York Democracy Forum will co-sponsor an event on November 11, 2014 at the NYU School of Law's Greenberg Lounge from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Speakers will include Jerome Cohen, Greg Scarlatoiu, Stephen Bosworth, Charles Armstrong, Myung-Soo Lee, Roberta Cohen, Melanie Kirkpatrick, Philip Alston, David Hawk, Ryan Goodman, Donald Gregg, and Winston Lord. 
October 17, 2014
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and the Korea Economic Institute of America Present:   The North Korea Human Rights Act: A Decade Later
July 30, 2014
You are cordially invited to a special lecture organized by2014 International Summer Session at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies called "The North Korean Human Rights Conundrum: Is There a Way Forward?" This event is being held at the Main Conference Hall at Cyber Building, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (located at the left side of university main gate) on July 30, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The lecture will be hosted by HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu with the keynote speech by ROK government’s Ambassador for Human Rights Jung-Hoon Lee. Speakers will include:  Young-Soon Kim, Choreographer, Political Prison Camp Survivor Dong-Hyuk Shin, Political Prison Camp Survivor and Executive Director, Inside North Korea Tim A. Peters, Founder-Managing Director, Helping Hands Korea (HHK) Kwang-Jin Kim, Senior Researcher, ROK Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS)/HRNK
June 24, 2014
You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The event will feature Jérome Sauvage who will give a presentation entitled “Working with North Korea: Experiences and Perspectives".
April 17, 2014
On April 17, 2014, from 8:45 am to 6:00 pm, HRNK, KEI, and the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS) will co-host the 2014 Annual Conference of the International Council on Korean Studies. The human rights panel discussion, held from 9:00 to 11:45 am, will be moderated by Greg Scarlatoiu, HRNK executive director. The panelists will include: Roberta Cohen (HRNK co-chair and senior non-resident fellow, The Brookings Institution), who will address the forcible repatriation of North Korean refugees by China; Robert Collins (author of HRNK’s report “Songbun, North Korea’s Social Classification System”), who will address the human rights implications of the succession process in North Korea;  and Bruce Bechtol (Angelo State University), who will address the impact of proliferation and illicit activities on the North Korean human rights situation. The discussants will be Amanda Mortwedt Oh (HRNK) and Soon Paik (U.S. Department of Labor and ICKS). To register for this event, please click on this link. 
April 15, 2014
Excluded from most international economic activities by numerous sanctions and its own policies, the North Korean regime has enabled--and sometimes directly participated in–illicit economic activities to earn hard currency that it needs for regime survival. These activities include the production and distribution of narcotics and counterfeit currency, the smuggling of a range of illicit goods, and other unconventional revenue-generating activities. Such operations have been critical in preserving the North Korean regime. On April 15, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings will host the release of a report from the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), entitled "Illicit: North Korea's Evolving Operations to Earn Hard Currency." The report, authored by Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Sheena Chestnut Greitens, analyzes the history and current status of North Korea's foreign currency earning operations, focusing on illicit activities. It discusses how these activities have changed in recent years and the implications for U.S. and international policies toward North Korea. Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute and Marcus Noland of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, both HRNK board members, will comment on the presentation. After the panel, the speakers will take audience questions. Please click on this link to RSVP. 
April 14, 2014
In March 2013, the 47 member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a resolution to establish a commission of inquiry on human rights in North Korea. With a mandate to investigate “the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights” in North Korea, the commission conducted public hearings and private interviews, and collected information from U.N. member states and entities. The commission submitted its report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in March 2014, finding that “in many instances, the violations found entailed crimes against humanity based on state policies."  On April 14, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) will host an address by Michael Kirby, chair of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COI), to present its findings and recommendations. Following the keynote address, Marcus Noland of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and an HRNK board member, will comment on the COI report and discuss policy implications for the United Nations and its member states, and possible impact on North Korea and its people.  After the panel, the speakers will take audience questions. To register for this event, please click on this link. 
April 14, 2014
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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