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North Korea’s Long-term Prison-Labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 1, Kaech’ŏn

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

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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 collected during 1962–1972 and imagery from 2002 to 2019.

Digital Trenches: North Korea’s Information Counter-Offensive

Digital Trenches: North Korea’s Information Counter-Offensive

Martyn Williams
Dec 18, 2019

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Lost Generation: The Health and Human Rights of North Korean Children, 1990–2018

Lost Generation: The Health and Human Rights of North Korean Children, 1990–2018

W. Courtland Robinson
Oct 18, 2019

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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 disease or infirmity.” Lost Generation applies three core international human rights instruments—primarily the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention)—from a public health perspective.

North Korea's Organization and Guidance Department: The Control Tower of Human Rights Denial

North Korea's Organization and Guidance Department: The Control Tower of Human Rights Denial

Robert Collins
Sep 18, 2019

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North Korea’s Long-term Re-education through Labor Camp (Kyo-hwa-so) No. 4 at Kangdong

North Korea’s Long-term Re-education through Labor Camp (Kyo-hwa-so) No. 4 at Kangdong

Joseph S. Bermudez, Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda M. Oh, & Rosa P
Jun 20, 2019

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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

North Korea’s Long-term Re-education through Labor Camp (Kyo-hwa-so) at Pokchŏng-ni

Joseph S. Bermudez, Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda M. Oh, & Rosa P
May 29, 2019

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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.

Denied from the Start: Human Rights at the Local Level in North Korea

Denied from the Start: Human Rights at the Local Level in North Korea

Robert Collins
Dec 19, 2018

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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 beyond. To justify this political approach towards shaping North Korean society, the North’s Party-state specifically focuses on loyalty to North Korea’s Supreme Leader and the KWP by incorporating regime-centered ideology into every fabric of socio-political life through these local institutions.

UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE DPRK (MAY 2019) HRNK SUBMISSION

UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE DPRK (MAY 2019) HRNK SUBMISSION

HRNK
Oct 04, 2018

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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 “songbun,” which impacts the economic and social rights of North Korea’s citizens, and in particular affects the health care of vulnerable groups, including prisoners. 

An Investigation into the Human Rights Situation in North Korea’s Political Prison Camps: Testimonies of Detainee Families

An Investigation into the Human Rights Situation in North Korea’s Political Prison Camps: Testimonies of Detainee Families

No Chain
May 29, 2018

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NO CHAIN conducted this research to investigate the situation in political prison camps operated by the North Korean state based on the testimony of family members of individuals who were detained in these facilities.

From Cradle to Grave: The Path of North Korean Innocents

From Cradle to Grave: The Path of North Korean Innocents

Robert Collins and Amanda Mortwedt Oh
Nov 13, 2017

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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 socio-political and legal dynamics shape an individual’s path to the political prison camps? How do North Koreans who are innocent beyond any reasonable doubt become criminals in the regime’s eyes? How do North Koreans who demonstrate loyalty to the Kim regime end up in an unmarked grave inside a political prison camp? Who makes these judgments, and who is responsible for enforcing them?

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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

THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2019.

THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019. 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

EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 A.M. EST WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019.