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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
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. 
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This report explains how the Kim regime organizes and implements its policy of human rights denial using the Propaganda and Agitation Department (PAD) to preserve and strengthen its monolithic system of control. The report also provides detailed background on the history of the PAD, as well as a human terrain map that details present and past PAD leadership.

HRNK's latest satellite imagery report analyzes a 5.2 km-long switchback road, visible in commercial satellite imagery, that runs from Testing Tunnel No. 1 at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility to the perimeter of Kwan-li-so (political prison camp) no. 16.

This report proposes a long-term, multilateral legal strategy, using existing United Nations resolutions and conventions, and U.S. statutes that are either codified or proposed in appended model legislation, to find, freeze, forfeit, and deposit the proceeds of the North Korean government's kleptocracy into international escrow. These funds would be available for limited, case-by-case disbursements to provide food and medical care for poor North Koreans, and--contingent upon Pyongyang's progress

National Strategy for Countering North Korea
Joseph, Collins, DeTrani, Eberstadt, Enos, Maxwell, Scarlatoiu
Jan 23, 2023

For thirty years, U.S. North Korea policy have sacrificed human rights for the sake of addressing nuclear weapons. Both the North Korean nuclear and missile programs have thrived. Sidelining human rights to appease the North Korean regime is not the answer, but a fundamental flaw in U.S. policy. (Published by the National Institute for Public Policy)

North Korea’s forced labor enterprise and its state sponsorship of human trafficking certainly continued until the onset of the COVID pandemic. HRNK has endeavored to determine if North Korean entities responsible for exporting workers to China and Russia continued their activities under COVID as well.

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