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HOST: The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday adopted legislation urging the Obama Administration to press for further sanctions at the U.N. Security Council and request backing for efforts to launch the international inquiry.
Wednesday, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Ed Royce, told visiting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "North Korea is in a class by itself in terms of human rights abuses" saying "it is time to shine a light on the Kim regime's horrific human rights abuses."
Greg Scarlatiou, exective director of the rights group Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, told VOA's Victor Beattie this is a real opportunity to deal with this issue:
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HOST: Scarlatiou says North Korea's recent rocket launch and nuclear test have made it easier to generate international interest in exposing its human rights record because Pyongyang is losing traditional allies within the non-aligned movement.
In January, rights activists said Google Earth, a satellite imagery service, helped them gather evidence of North Korea's vast prison camp system which, according to Scarlatiou, contains between 150,000 and 200,000 inmates. He says Google Earth and higher resolution DigitalGlobe imagery is mentioned heavily throughout the committee's updated 2012 edition of The Hidden Gulag, about the North's prison network.
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
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
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" 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-