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Album Title: Greg Scarlatoiu on Pyongyang′s public executions 그렉 스칼라튜 북한인권위원
Date: May 14, 2015
Location: Arirang News

And the gruesome public execution is again... drawing attention to the regime′s rampant human rights violations. Arirang News′ Hwang Sung-hee turned to Greg Scarlatoiu , executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, for his insight on the issue. North Korea is executing its senior officers in the most gruesome way, according to Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. ″You are talking about an execution by ZPU-4 anti-aircraft machine gun. If you are talking about a person being hit by automatic fire, by 50-caliber rounds, you are literally talking about bodies being pulverized, obliterated, turned into pink mist.″ Last month, Scarlatoiu released the first-ever satellite images of a public execution of roughly 10 senior North Korean officers at Kanggun shooting range. He calls the killings a clear human rights violation, but adds the high-level executions could help bring about a change in the regime. ″Remember, this is, after all, a Confucian culture. Having something left, having a body, is very important. But they are simply obliterated. Every trace, any trace, that this person ever existed is eliminated. Now certainly these executions have had a lot of coverage, so I believe that this will indeed result in enhanced awareness internationally.″ What′s behind the brutality, says Scarlatoiu, is the young North Korean leader′s insecurity. Noting Pyongyang′s ties with Beijing have suffered after the execution of Jang Song-thaek who was the North′s point man on China he says the recent execution of defense chief Hyon Yong-chol may hurt relations with Russia. Hyon was the point man on Moscow, and even met with the Russian president last year. If those factors cause the situation to deteriorate, Scarlatoiu foresees more gruesome killings that could eventually shake up the entire regime. ″For this reason, the regime continues to be unstable and, unfortunately, as long as the regime continues to be unstable, the supreme leader, who also happens to be quite insecure, will be very tempted to continue with this gruesome practice and with these executions.″ ″Could the constant purges and executions in turn destabilize the Kim Jong-un regime?″ ″We are coming to the realization that the highest-ranking officials of North Korea are also victims of human rights violations. I wonder, wouldn′t those same elites of North Korea start wondering about their own survival? If even the most loyal of the loyalists, who have served the Kim family for decades, are not safe, then who is?″ Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.

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 P
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

Embargoed until 12:01 a.m. February 25, 2021.  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-

North Korea's Chŭngsan No. 11 Detention Facility
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Oh, & Rosa Park
Dec 21, 2020

This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undertaken by HRNK to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in the DPRK (more commonly known as North Korea) by monitoring activity at political prison and detention facilities throughout the nation. This study endeavors to both establish a preliminary baseline report and detail activities observed during 2002–2020 at a detention facility variously identified by former prisoners and researchers as the “Chŭngsan No. 11