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Your September Brief 2017
November 07, 2017


 
 

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HRNK: YOUR SEPTEMBER BRIEFING 
 
HRNK Briefs are a series of reports collected by our interns 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 thirteen different events in
Washington, DC and Virginia.

Here is what you need to know: 
Human Rights
On September 11, 2017, HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu spoke along with President and CEO of the Mansfield Foundation, Frank Jannuzi, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. During the press briefing, Greg Scarlatoiu emphasized that each and every conceivable human right is violated in North Korea and that it is the only country still running a political prison camp system, in which 120,000 men, women, and children continue to be imprisoned. Frank Jannuzi spoke about the growth of the North Korean economy led by the private or quasi-private sector, Chinese direct investment, and North Koreans working abroad.
 
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​From left to right: Michael J. Green, ​Eriko Yamatani, Takuya Yokota, and Yoichi Shimada.
 
On September 13, 2017, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted the panel discussion "An Update on North Korea’s Abduction of Japanese Citizens.For an in-depth report on listing North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, see Joshua Stanton, Arsenal of Terror: North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism (Washington, DC: Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, 2015), https://www.hrnk.org/uploads/pdfs/4_27_15_Stanton_ArsenalofTerror.pdf.
 
The North Korea Crisis: Causes and Cures (September 18, 2017)
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​From left to right: Joseph DeTrani, former U.S. Special Envoy to the Six Party Talks,
Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea,
​and Lt. Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson. (USMC, Ret.) Photograph credit: CFTNI.
On September 18, 2017, HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu spoke on a panel discussion entitled, “The North Korea Crisis: Causes and Cures,” hosted by the Center for the National Interest, along with Joseph DeTrani, former U.S. Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks with North Korea. The speakers provided an overview of regime dynamics, human rights, humanitarian, military, political security, and diplomatic issues. The event can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tijFdPrCg8s.
 
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The Venerable Pomnyun Sunim at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.​
On September 25, the Mansfield Foundation hosted a round table discussion with the Venerable Pomnyun Sunim, a Buddhist monk, activist, and founder of the nongovernmental organization Good Friends for Peace, Human Rights, and Refugee Issues. The Venerable Pomnyun Sunim drew from his experience and contacts in North Korea to suggest steps toward resolving the current crisis. 

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From left to right: Victor Cha, Michael Pillsbury, Young-Kwan Yoon, Abraham Denmark, and Kang Choi. Photograph Credit: CSIS. ​
On September 5, 2017, Young-Kwan Yoon, professor emeritus of International Relations at Seoul National University and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Korea, along with Kang Choi, Abraham Denmark, and Michael Pillsbury, spoke on the panel titled, "Opportunities and Challenges for the Alliance.
 
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From left to right: Moderator James L. Schoff, Christopher Hill, 
​Mitoji Yabunaka, Keiji Nakatsuji, and Douglas H. Paal.​
On September 18, 2017, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted "Weighing Bad Options: Past Diplomacy with North Korea and Alliance Options." Panelists emphasized the need to recognize the serious threat posed by North Korea due to its continued development of missiles and nuclear weapons. 
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From left to right: Robert Craft, Renee Doplick, Thomas Graham Jr, and Missy Ryan. 
Photograph Credit: UNA-NCA. ​​
On September 20, 2017, UNA-NCA (United Nations Association-National Capital Area) and its International Law Committee organized a panel discussion, "The North Korean Nuclear Challenge," on the threat posed by North Korean nuclear weapons and weapon delivery vehicles, North Korea's international behavior and objectives, and UN sanctions. 
 
From left to right: Moderator Bob Schieffer, Michael J. Green, Sue Mi Terry, and David Sanger. 
​Photograph Credit: CSIS. ​
On September 26, 2017, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted a discussion entitled “North Korea: Next Steps.” David Sanger, The New York Times National Security Correspondent, Sue Mi Terry, former Korea Analyst for the CIA, and Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair of CSIS, participated in the panel discussion. 
 
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From left to right: Mark Fitzpatrick and Ellen Laipson​​
On September 29, 2017, the Center for Security Policy Studies hosted a seminar entitled, "North Korea and the Nuclear Future." Mark Fitzpatrick discussed the current nuclear state of North Korea and what it means to the national security of the United States. 

Economics
From left to right: Susan A. Thornton and  the Honorable Marshall Billingslea. Photograph Credit: ​the House Foreign Affairs Committee 
On September 12, 2017, the House Foreign Affairs Committee hosted a hearing, "Sanctions, Diplomacy, and Information: Pressuring North Koreafocusing on economic and political strategies toward North Korea. Susan Thornton presented current US policy toward NK, signs of progress, and suggestions for the next step, stressing that we should not lose sight of the plight of the US citizens detained by NK nor of the regime’s egregious human rights violations.
 
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B.G. Muhn spoke at the Art League in Alexandria, VA
On September 9, 2017, Professor Muhn shared his experiences from frequent research trips, including his interviews with numerous artists, art historians, faculty members, and students of the Pyongyang Art College to provide a better understanding of North Korean art.


Please find a PDF compilation of all event reports here:

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.

About HRNK:
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), founded in 2001 and based in Washington DC, is a non-partisan human rights organization whose princ
ipal objective is to raise international awareness of North Korea's human rights situation through the publication of well documented reports and by undertaking outreach activities in support of the recommendations in those reports. More information about HRNK is available at www.hrnk.org
 
Copyright © 2017 Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). All rights reserved.​​

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