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Your August Brief 2017
September 12, 2017


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: 


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.


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.


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.


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.

​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.

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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

이 보고서는  기존의 연구와 로버트 콜린스(Robert Collins)의 이전 저작들을 기반으로 정치범 수용소에 방점을 두고 북한 정권의 공포정치의 사상적 기반과 제도적 구조를 설명하고 있습니다. 어떻게 북한 당국이 끊임없이 세뇌교육, 감시, 처벌을 통해 개개인의 삶을 요람에서 무덤까지 통제하는지 간략한 개관을 제공하고자 합니다. 특히, 이 보고서는 다음 질문들에 답하고자 합니다: 어떤 사회 정치적 및 법적 역학이 개인을 정치범 수용소로 이끄는가? 어떻게 의심의 여지없이 죄가 없는 북한 주민들이 정권의 관점에서  범죄자로 보여지는가? 어떻게 김씨 정권에 충성을 보였던 북한 주민들이 결국 정치범 수용소의 이름 없는 무덤으로 내몰리는가? 누가 이런 판단을 내리며 누가 이를 강제하는데 책임이 있는가?

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

이 책에서 데이비드 호크(David Hawk)는 이전에는 본 적 없던 추정되는 그리고 확인된 노동 교화 수용소의  모습을 제공합니다. 그는 안전부(현 인민보안성)가 통제하는 감옥 네트워크에 대해 밝히고 있습니다. 이러한 폭로는 2014년 유엔 북한인권 조사위원회(COI)가 묘사했던 것보다 더 만연한 수준의 고통을 보여주고 있습니다. 이 노동 수용소가 “일반적인 감옥”이라고 묘사됨에도 불구하고, 이곳에 갇힌 이들의 처우 중 “일반적인” 것은 아무것도 없습니다. 수감자와 정치범 처우 사이에 다른 점은 단지 “정도의 차이일 뿐 원칙적으로는 같습니다. 강제 노동과 의도적인 굶주림, 부족한 의료, 열악한 위생 상태를 결합한 정책은 매년 수천 명의 수감자들의 죽음을 낳고 있습니다.”

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

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.