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May 17, 2024
Dear Friends and Colleagues, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to the rollout of its latest report, Slaves to the Bomb: The Role and Fate of North Korea's Nuclear Scientists by Robert Collins. The report can be viewed online at this link. This event will be held on Friday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the DACOR Bacon House (1801 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.).   Keynote Introductory Remarks Ambassador Julie Turner | U.S. Special Envoy for N. Korean Human Rights Issues Presenter: Robert Collins | Author, Slaves to the Bomb Discussants Ambass
April 22, 2024
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) is delighted to invite you to a screening of the award-winning documentary Beyond Utopia on Monday, April 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the DACOR Bacon House (1801 F Street NW, Washington, DC). The screening will be followed by a discussion with co-producer Dr. Sue Mi Terry (Senior Fellow for Korea Studies, Council on Foreign Relations) and protagonist Pastor Kim Seung-Eun. HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu will moderate. Please click on this link to RSVP. For media inquiries, please contact Greg Scarlatoiu at execut
February 07, 2024
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) is delighted to invite you to an event entitled The UN COI Report, A Decade Later: Problems, Prospects, Recommendations. The event, which marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of the UN COI report on North Korean human rights, will be held in person on Wednesday, February 7 from 09:30 to 11:00 a.m. ET at the DACOR Bacon House (1801 F Street NW, Washington, DC). This event will begin with a keynote address by Ambassador Julie Turner, the U.S. Special Envoy for N. Korean Human Rights Issues. This will be followed by presentations from The Honorable Roberta Cohen (HRNK Co-Chair Emeritus) and Ambassador Robert King (former U.S. Special Envoy
January 25, 2024
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) is delighted to invite you to a conversation with Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee, author of The Sister: North Korea's Kim Yo Jong, the Most Dangerous Woman in the World. The event will be held in person on Thursday, January 25 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ET at the DACOR Bacon House (1801 F Street NW, Washington, DC). The event will be open to the press and on the record. Coffee, tea, and late-morning snacks will be served. The presentation and Q&A will be followed by a book signing. Copies of The Sister will be available for $20, in cash or checks made payable to the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
November 30, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to an event entitled "Crafting Strategies for the Free & Peaceful Unification of the Korean Peninsula." It will be held on Thursday, November 30 from 09:30 to 11:30 a.m. ET at the DACOR Bacon House (1801 F Street NW, Washington, DC). This event will address the current status of international efforts to improve North Korea's human rights situation, as well as the connection between human rights and the denuclearization of North Korea. The full schedule of events is enclosed below.  The event will be open to the press and on the record. Light refreshments will be served. For media inquiries, please contact Greg Scarlatoiu
November 29, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to a virtual event on North Korea's Expanding Reach: Security, Human Rights, and Global Implications. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 29 at 10 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time | 4 p.m. Central European Time. It will bring together legislators from the European Union, as well as security and human rights experts, to explore the connections between human rights violations in North Korea, its nuclear and missile programs, and its arms exports to the Middle East, Africa, and Russia. The program agenda is enclosed below. The RSVP form for the event is at https://forms.gle/R28ySABdPtW3CiC77. All registered attendees will receive a Zoom access link prior to the event.
November 28, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to the rollout of its latest report, Propaganda and Agitation Department: Kim Jong-un Regime's Sword of Indoctrination by Robert Collins. This report rollout will be held on Tuesday, November 28 at 09:30 a.m. ET at the DACOR Bacon House (1801 F Street NW, Washington, DC). The event will begin with a keynote address by Amb. Julie Turner, the U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues. Robert Collins (HRNK Author & Senior Advisor) will then provide an overview of the report and discuss the role of the Propaganda and Agitation Department in the Kim Jong-un regime. This will be followed by recorded remarks from Jieun Baek
October 17, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to the rollout of a satellite imagery report concerning the Punggye-ri nuclear test facility and kwan-li-so (political prison camp) no. 16. This online event will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET via Zoom. The event will begin with a presentation by Jacob Bogle, who will discuss the findings of a satellite imagery analysis concerning the two facilities. The accompanying report will be published on HRNK's website before the event. Bogle is a U.S.-based satellite imagery analyst and writer on North Korea with 11 years of experience. He runs the widely cited AccessDPRK blog and has written for NK News, 38 North, and 
October 11, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and the Young Leader Forum of the Korean Peninsula (YLFK) cordially invite you to "North Korean Human Rights: Moving Forward - the Role of the Young Generation in South Korea and the United States." This hybrid event will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 09:30 to 11:30 a.m. ET at the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, D.C. (1801 F St. NW). The event will be streamed live on Zoom. Remote participants will receive the access information before the event. This event will bring together young professionals from the Republic of Korea and the United States to share and discuss their experiences of working in the field of North Korean human rights and unification issues, as well a
September 22, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) cordially invites you to a discussion about North Korean refugees in China, with an emphasis on the situation of women refugees and the ongoing crisis of forced repatriation. This event will be held on Friday, September 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, D.C. The event will feature testimony from two North Korean escapees. Soyeon Lee, the CEO of the New Korea Women's Union and a former North Korean military officer, will participate as a discussant. There will also be a screening of a 15-minute introduction to Beyond Utopia, a documentary about North Korean escapees that features Ms. Lee. Greg Scarlatoiu
September 20, 2023
The full schedule of events & speakers may be viewed at this link.
September 19, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) hosted a conversation with Lawrence Peck, who discussed the impact of North Korea's influence & subversion operations on human rights defenders. This event was held on Tuesday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, D.C. Lawrence Peck holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. He serves as an advisor to the North Korea Freedom Coalition. He lived and worked in South Korea for almost six years as a consultant to major Korean business groups. Peck is a leading authority on the pro-North Korean movement in the United States. He has researched, monitored, and exposed the views and activities of pro-North Korean groups and activists in the United States for over two dec
August 15, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) has the pleasure to invite you to a conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Salmón, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK. This event will be held on Tuesday, August 15 at 3pm at the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, D.C. Dr. Elizabeth Salmón was appointed as the first female Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by the Human Rights Council on 1 August in 2022. Ms. Salmón is a Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. She is also Executive Director of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights of the same university (IDEHPUCP). She holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the University o
July 24, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) has the pleasure to invite you to Harmony Across Borders, a performance & lecture by Mr. Hyung-Joon Won, at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24 at the DACOR Bacon House in Washington, D.C. Mr. Won is a South Korean violinist celebrated for his musicianship and activism. In 2019, he held two historic joint concerns with the North Korean soprano Song-mi Kim at the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai and the Musikaliska in Stockholm. He serves as the Musical Director of the Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra and the Chief Representative of Soundwith. This event will begin with a short solo performance by Mr. Won, followed by a lecture entitled "North Koreans Have the Right to Express Their Music!" Mr. Won will share his experiences of organizing the joint inter-
May 18, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), the Hoover Institution, and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) have the pleasure to invite you to a full-day conference entitled "North Korean Human Rights: Is There Still a Way Forward?" on Thursday, May 18 at NED. As North Korea continues to advance its nuclear and missile capabilities, this conference will examine the human rights situation in the country and explore how human rights issues may be elevated in future bilateral & multilateral interactions with Pyongyang. The full program agenda is enclosed below. The welcome & opening remarks and the first session will be livestreamed online at https://www.ned.org/events/north-korean-human-rights-i
March 29, 2023
HRNK will be featuring its latest report, The Root of All Evil: Money, Rice, Crime & Law in North Korea by Joshua Stanton. The Root of All Evil examines the record of UN and U.S. sanctions implementation against North Korea, and it "proposes a long-term, multilateral legal strategy...to find, freeze, forfeit, and deposit the proceeds of the North Korean kleptocracy into international escrow." "By forfeiting misspent funds and disbursing them for humanitarian purposes," Stanton argues, "a coalition [of like-minded nations] can compel Kim Jong-un to make better decisions with the wealth that rightfully belongs to the North Korean people." The report launch will be conducted virtually, via Zoom, at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time (ET) on Wednesday, March 29. Access information will be shared with confirmed participants the day prior to the event. The even
March 19, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), the International Bar Association (IBA), and the Center for International Studies of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Yonsei University have the pleasure to invite you to an event entitled Ten Years after the UN COI: Pressure Points and the Future of the North Korean Human Rights Movement. The event, organized in cooperation with the CREDO Association and the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS), will be held on Monday, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Korea Standard Time) in a hybrid format: virtually on Zoom and in-person at Yonsei University in Seoul. This event is centered on both the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) and 
March 17, 2023
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations have the pleasure to invite you to a side-event on “Investigating DPRK Human Rights, Ten Years after the UN COI: Satellite Imagery, Lines of Responsibility, Accountability” that will be held on Friday, 17th March 2023, 13:00-14:00 (Geneva time) in-person at Palais des Nations, Room XXII. Ten years after the establishment of the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), this event aims to highlight the human rights infringements and crimes against humanity perpetrated at DPRK detention facilities as well as the chain of command and control responsible for those violations in order to emphasize the importance of human rights accountability in the DPRK. The event will feature remarks and briefings by ROK Ambassador-at-Large Shin-wha Lee, HRNK Senior Satellite Imagery Analyst Joseph S. Be
March 14, 2023
The offices of MEP Michiel Hoogeveen and MEP Lukas Mandl (Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula - D-KOR), together with The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) have the pleasure to invite you to a side-event on “Investigating DPRK Human Rights, Ten Years after the UN COI: Satellite Imagery, Lines of Responsibility, Accountability” that will be held on Tuesday, 14th March 2023, 13:30-15:00 in-person – at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in WEISS S2.2. At this event we will be joined by three North Korean defectors, who will give testimonies about their time in North Korean prison camps.  PROGRAMME:   Welcoming Remarks: MEP Michiel Hoogeveen Part 1: “DPRK Human Rights, Ten Years after th
February 28, 2023
Dear Friends of HRNK, We invite you to "One Decade Since the UN COI: Advocating for a Human Rights Up Front Approach," an event celebrating the tenth anniversary of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 22/13, which established, by consensus, the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea. This event, hosted by HRNK, will be held at the DACOR Bacon House (1801 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.) on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event will aim to: assess progress on North Korean human rights over the past decade; propose a "paradigm shift" that would place a "Human Rights Up Front" approach at the center of North Korea policy and interactions with North Korea, next to other critical issues; and assess the likelihood of Korean unification under a free, prosperous, democratic, capitalist Republic of Korea as the key to re
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To understand the challenges faced by the personnel who are involved in North Korea’s nuclear program, it is crucial to understand the recruitment, education, and training processes through the lens of human rights. This report offers a starting point toward that understanding.

North Korea’s scientists and engineers are forced to work on the nuclear weapons program regardless of their own interests, preferences, or aspirations. These individuals may be described as “moder

In this submission, HRNK focuses its attention on the following issues in the DPRK:

  • The status of the system of detention facilities, where a multitude of human rights violations are ongoing.
  • The post-COVID human security and human rights status of North Korean women, with particular attention to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
  • The issue of Japanese abductees and South Korean prisoners of war (POWs), abductees, and unjust detainees.

North Korea's Political Prison Camp, Kwan-li-so No. 25, Update
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Raymond Ha
Feb 17, 2024

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 No. 25 by providing details of activity observed during 2021–2023.

This report was originally published on Tearline at https://www.tearline.mil/public_page/prison-camp-25.

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