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Your August Brief 2017
September 12, 2017


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HRNK: YOUR AUGUST BRIEFING 
 
HRNK Briefs are a series of reports collected by our interns and staff from relevant panels, conferences, and events to deliver timely and useful information to the North Korea community of interest. This is a monthly effort to update HRNK supporters on current events and policy considerations surrounding North Korea. 

Last month, we prepared reports on four different events in Washington, DC. 

Here is what you need to know: 

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Jinhye Jo at TEDxLakeArtemesia, NKinUSA
On August 6, 2017, at TEDxLakeArtemesia in the University of Maryland, North Korean American Jinhye Jo shared her daunting story to freedom in addition to raising awareness for human rights in North Korea and the plight of North Korean defectors. Per Jo's account, there are more than two hundred North Korean defectors in the US and thirty thousand in South Korea. She further disclosed that sending information into North Korea is critical.

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From left to right: Samantha Ravich, Tom Malinowsky, Jonathan Pollack, Anthony Ruggiero, and Josh Lederman. Photo Credits to FDD.
On August 24, 2017, HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu and Director of Programs Rosa Park attended the breakfast conversation "Addressing the North Korean Threat" hosted by the Foundation of Defense and Democracies. With rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, experts discussed a range of issues from strategically handling the regime's proliferation, to human rights violations in North Korea, to China's role on imposing sanctions, to the increasing cyber threat posed by the regime.
 

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From left to right: Lieutenant General (R) In-Bum Chun and Program Coordinator of Sejong Society Andrew Park
On August 3, 2017, Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun gave a lecture titled "Korea Defense Reform 2.0," hosted by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Sejong Society in Washington, DC. Chun reviewed the ROK's evolving military strategy across administrations before voicing key policy recommendations concerning the current political situation. Amongst his many insights, Chun proposed diversified solutions based on the Art of War by Sun Tzu to deal with North Korea.

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From left to right: Jisoo Kim, Robert Gallucci, Amitai Etzioni, and Gregg Brazinsky 
On August 28, 2017, Robert Gallucci, the former Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Chief US negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994, along with professors Amitai Etzioni and Gregg Brazinsky from George Washington University, spoke on the panel titled, "How to Handle North Korea." The presenters, hosted by the Institute for Korean Studies, discussed options against a nuclear aggressive North Korea.

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​Please find a PDF compilation of all event reports here
https://www.hrnk.org/uploads/files/August2017.pdf​

​Please note that the views and opinions expressed by the speakers do not necessarily represent the views or official position of HRNK or its Board of Directors. While not verbatim transcriptions, every effort has been made to accurately depict the speakers' presentations and views. Any error or omission is unintentional and will be corrected upon notification and request. These notes are based on events open to a public audience.


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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