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Voice of America Interview: The United States Supports UN Mechanism of Inquiry
February 14, 2013

 

HOST:  The United States has put its weight behind a U.N. investigator's request the world agency's Human Rights Council open an inquiry into North Korea's human rights record for possible crimes against humanity when it meets in Geneva later this month.  U.N. special rapporteur Marzuki Darusman says he wants to look into allegations of "grave, widespread and systematic" human rights violations. 
 
North Korea has denounced him as a politically-motivated official who is a puppet trying to represent the "ill-minded purposes" of influential countries, such as the United States, Japan and European Union member states.
 
Last month, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called the human rights situation in North Korea "deplorable" saying, a year after Kim Jong Un became the country's supreme leader, there is almost no sign of improvement.
 
Thursday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the United States remains deeply concerned by the human rights situation in North Korea, or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK:
 
 

North Korea's Chŭngsan No. 11 Detention Facility
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda M. Oh, & Rosa P
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 <

North Korea's Long-term Prison-Labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jŏngŏ-ri - Update 3
Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Oh, & Rosa Park
Sep 30, 2020

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., has launched a report entitled North Korea: Imagery Analysis of Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jŏngŏ-ri - Update 3. The report methodology comprises satellite imagery analysis and former prisoner testimony. This kyo-hwa-so detention facility was first featured in the September 2015 report The Hidden Gulag IV: Gender Repression and Prisoner Disappearances by David Hawk. HRNK re

North Korea’s Long-term Prison-Labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 1, Kaech’ŏn
Joseph S. Bermudez, Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda M. Oh, & Rosa Park
Mar 25, 2020

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., has launched a report titled North Korea’s Long-term Prison-labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 1, Kaech’on. This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undergone by HRNK to use satellite imagery and survivor testimony to shed light on human suffering in North Korea. This study combines former prisoner testimony collected in 2019 with declassified satellite imagery

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Lost Generation: The Health and Human Rights of North Korean Children, 1990–2018 is a nearly thirty-year study monitoring the health and human rights conditions of North Korean children. “Health” is defined by the World Health Organization as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of dis

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