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November 01, 2016
Secret tapes reveal late North Korean leader's frustrations
August 30, 2016
North Korea executes top education official - CNN Video
May 26, 2016
On May 26, 2016, HRNK launched our newest report, Gulag Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea's Export Industries by Kim Kwang-jin at the National Press Club. Speakers included Kim Kwang-jin (Author of "Gulag, Inc."), David Asher (Adjunct Senior Fellow at CNAS), Roberta Cohen (Co-Chair Emeritus of HRNK), and William Newcomb (Visiting Scholar, USKI).
October 30, 2015
On October 30, 2015, HRNK launched its newest book, "North Korean House of Cards: Leadership Dynamics Under Kim Jong-un" by Ken E. Gause. Panelists included author Ken E. Gause, David Maxwell, Patrick Cronin, and Greg Scarlatoiu. 
February 17, 2015
Opening ceremony of "North Korean Human Rights: The Road Ahead," co-sponsored by HRNK, CSIS, YCHL, and the Bush Institute. Video courtesy of CSIS. 
November 13, 2013
Shin Dong-hyuk and Blaine Harden interview with KBC-TV (Korean American TV station in the Chicago area), prior to the November 6 HRNK conference by the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, IL
May 23, 2013
Session 1 of the Asan Institute's Transitional Justice Conference: Peace-Building and Reconciliation in a Unified Korea. 
February 13, 2013
Analyst Greg Scarlatoiu discusses North Korea’s recent nuclear test.
December 10, 2012
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been satirists' favorite. While intensifying repression and a new missile launch scares the world. Interview with one of Ameri
July 19, 2012
Moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of HRNK Speakers: Author Ken Gause, HRNK Former Executive Director Chuck Downs, HRNK Secretary of the Board of Directors, and HRNK Non-Resident Fellow Kim Kwang Jin  
March 29, 2012
In light of the recent regime change in North Korea, THiNK (Truth and Human Rights in North Korea) hosted a speaker panel at Georgetown University to inform and to create a discussion about one of the world's most dangerous countries. This panel featured distinguished and well-esteemed scholars in the field: Greg Scarlatoiu, Victor Cha, Roberta Cohen, and Sarah Yun. Each speaker shared his/her unique perspective on the impact and significance of the regime change on the lives of everyday North Koreans.
March 05, 2012
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North Korea’s Long-term Re-education through Labor Camp (Kyo-hwa-so) No. 4 at Kangdong
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Mortwedt Oh, an
Jun 20, 2019

This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undertaken by HRNK to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in North Korea by monitoring activity at prison facilities throughout the nation. This study details activity observed during the past 15 years at a prison facility identified by escapees and researchers as “Kyo-hwa-so No. 4, Kangdong” (39.008838° 126.153277°) and endeavors to establish a preliminary baseline report of the facility.

North Korea’s Long-term Re-education through Labor Camp (Kyo-hwa-so)  at Pokchŏng-ni
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Mortwedt Oh, an
May 29, 2019

This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undertaken by HRNK to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in North Korea by monitoring activity at political prison facilities throughout the nation. This study details activity observed during the past 14 years at a prison facility that is provisionally being identified as the Pokchŏng-ni Kyo-hwa-so (39.001730 126.055616) and endeavors to establish a preliminary baseline report of the facility.

THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EST WEDNESDAY DEC. 19, 2018. Denied from the Start: Human Rights at the Local Level in North Korea is a comprehensive study of how North Korea’s Kim regime denies human rights for each and every citizen of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). In doing so, this report examines human rights denial policies and practices. Local institutions are responsible for this denial at the schools, housing units, workplaces, and beyon

In this submission, HRNK focuses its attention on the DPRK’s—  1. System of political imprisonment, wherein a multitude of human rights violations are evidenced, including enforced disappearance, amounting to crimes against humanity.  2. Restrictions on freedom of movement, affecting women in particular, as evidenced in sexual violence, human trafficking, and arbitrary detention.  3. Policy of social and political discrimination, known as “so

From Cradle to Grave: The Path of North Korean Innocents
Robert Collins and Amanda Mortwedt Oh
Nov 13, 2017

This paper draws on existing research and Robert Collins’ previous work to explain the ideological basis and institutional structure of the Kim regime’s rule of terror, with an emphasis on the political prison camps. It is intended to provide a brief overview of how North Korea’s party-state controls every individual’s life from the cradle to the grave through relentless indoctrination, surveillance, and punishment. Specifically, it seeks to answer the following questions: What so

The Parallel Gulag: North Korea's
David Hawk with Amanda Mortwedt Oh
Oct 26, 2017

In this book, David Hawk provides never-before-seen imagery of labor re-education camps, both suspected and confirmed. He reveals a parallel network of prisons controlled by the DPRK’s Ministry of People’s Security (An-jeon-bu). These revelations suggest the imposition of degrees of suffering even more pervasive than the UN COI described in 2014. Although these labor camps might be described as “ordinary prisons”, there is nothing “ordinary” in the treatment of those i

North Korea Camp No. 25 Update 2
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Andy Dinville, and Mike Eley
Nov 29, 2016

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 9.0px Helvetica; color: #3f5864} span.s1 {font: 5.0px Helvetica} As part of a joint undertaking with HRNK to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, more commonly known as North Korea), AllSource Analysis has been monitoring activity at political prison facilities throughout North Korea. This report details activity observed during the past

North Korea: Flooding at Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri
Greg Scarlatoiu and Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.
Sep 16, 2016

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC and AllSource Analysis, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, have conducted a satellite imagery-based rapid assessment of flood damage at Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri in Hamgyŏng-bukto, North Korea. Thousands of political prisoners are held in this re-education prison labor camp together with common offenders.