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Long-term Re-education through Labor Camp 
Date : May 30, 2019
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) Launches Report Based on Satellite Imagery of North Korea’s Pokchong-ni Labor CampHigh-security compound constructed during the months prior to Jang Song-thaek’s execution; high-value detainees likely presentThe Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., has launched the report North Korea’s Long-term Re-education through Labor Camp (Kyo-hwa-so) at Pokchong-ni. The report was authored by senior satellite imagery expert Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. in collaboration with HRNK’s Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Mortwedt Oh, and Rosa Park, with the assistance of veteran satellite imagery specialists Bobby Holt and Allen Anderson. For this report, HRNK analyzed 20 high-resolution pan-sharpened multispectral and pan-chromatic satellite images of the camp and its immediate surroundings. HRNK examined checkpoints, guard positions, security perimeters, housing, and agricultural support facilities and activities. Partly due to the proficiency of North Korean military and security officials in camouflage, concealment, and deception (CCD) procedures, HRNK is presently unable to est…
The price is rights 
Date : May 28, 2019
The price is rights: The violation of the right to an adequate standard of living in the Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaThis report considers the right to an adequate standard of living in the DPRK, and the widespread existence of corruption as people struggle to enjoy this right. UN Human RIghts Office of the High Commission 
RSF 2019 World Press Freedom Index 
Date : April 23, 2019
RSF - 2019 World Press Freedom Index  Kept in ignorance - North KoreaHeaded by Kim Jong-un since 2012, North Korea’s totalitarian regime continues to keep its citizens in a state of ignorance. ......[Source: RSF]
UPR State Report - 3rd cycle 
Date : April 23, 2019
Universal Periodic ReviewNational report submitted in accordance with paragraph 5 of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 16/21
US DRL-Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 
Date : March 14, 2019
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and LaborCountry Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018Korea, Democratic People's Republic ofEXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) is an authoritarian state led by the Kim family for 70 years. Shortly after Kim Jong Il’s death in late 2011, his son Kim Jong Un was named marshal of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army. He is currently the Chairman of the Worker’s Party of Korea. Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, the late Kim Il Sung, remains “eternal president.” The most recent national elections, held in 2014, were neither free nor fair.Authorities maintained effective control over the security forces.Human rights issues included: unlawful or arbitrary killings by the government; forced disappearances by the government; torture by authorities; arbitrary detentions by security forces; detention centers, including political prison camps in which conditions were often harsh and life threatening; political prisoners; rigid controls over many aspects of citizen’s lives, including arbitrary interference with privacy; censorship, and site blocking; substantial interference with the righ…
Promoting accountability in the DPRK 
Date : March 11, 2019
Promoting accountability in the Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaReport of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsSummaryIn  the  present  report,  the  Office  of  the  United  Nations  High  Commissioner  for Human    Rights    describes    the    progress    made    in    the    implementation    of    the recommendations  made  by  the  Human  Rights  Council  in  its  resolution  34/24  on promoting   accountability   for   human   rights   violations   in   the   Democratic   People’s Republic  of  Korea,  in  particular  with  regard  to  the  setting  up  of,  and  work  done  by,  a dedicated accountability team of the Office of the High Commissioner.*The present report was submitted after the deadline in order to reflectthe most recent developments.A/HRC/40/36Advance Edited …
State report on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 
Date : January 27, 2019
Initial Report of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesThe Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (hereafter DPRK) signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (hereafter Convention) on July 3, 2013 and ratified it on November 23, 2016. The Convention entered into force in the DPRK on January 7, 2017.In accordance with its obligations under article 35 of the Convention, the DPRK prepared this Report following the guidelines of the United Nations on the writing of reports by States Parties implementing human rights treaties (HRI/GEN/2/Rev.5) and the guidelines of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities regarding reports on the implementation of the Convention (CONVENTION/C/2/3).  ......
HRNK- Mobile Telecommunications and Private Transportation Services 
Date : January 13, 2019
North Korea’s Mobile Telecommunications and Private Transportation Services in the Kim Jong-un EraBy Yonho KimTABLE OF CONTENTSI. INTRODUCTIONII. MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN THE KIM JONG-UN ERA1. Introduction of Mobile Telecommunications Services2. Increased Number of Subscribers3. Changes in the MarketIII. PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN THE KIM JONG-UN ERA1. The Advent and Development of Servi-Cha2. Operating Conditions of Servi-Cha in North Korea3. Checkpoints and CorruptionIV. THE COMBINATION OF CELL PHONES AND SERVI-CHA1. Owners and Drivers of Servi-ChaA. Gas TradeB. Brokers and ForwardersC. Servi-Cha Owners and Drivers’NetworkD. Crackdowns at Checkpoints2. Servi-Cha UsersA. Freight Charge Comparisons and Market PricesB. Fixing PricesC. Operation Information3. Changes in the MarketA. Specialization in the Distribution Stage: ‘Sedentary Business’B. Long-distance Money TransfersC. Expansion of Trade VolumeD. Prolonged Business Relations – CredibilityV. CONCLUSION
Date : December 12, 2018
“You Cry at Night but Don’t Know Why” 
Date : November 1, 2018
“You Cry at Night but Don’t Know Why”Sexual Violence against Women in North KoreaOh Jung Hee is a former trader in her forties from Ryanggang province. She sold clothes to market stalls in Hyesan city and was involved in the distribution of textiles in her province. She said that up until she left the country in 2014, guards would regularly pass by the market to demand bribes, sometimes in the form of coerced sexual acts or intercourse. She told Human Rights Watch:I was a victim many times … On the days they felt like it, market guards or police officials could ask me to follow them to an empty room outside the market, or some other place they’d pick. What can we do? They consider us [sex] toys … We [women] are at the mercy of men. Now, women cannot survive without having men with power near them. ......[Source: Human Rights Watch]
Annual Report of SR for the 73rd session of GA in 2018 
Date : September 25, 2018
Seventy-third session Item 74(c) of the provisional agenda(Advance unedited version)Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’sRepublic of KoreaThe present report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is submitted pursuant to the General AssemblySummaryThe present report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is submitted pursuant to the General Assembly resolution 72/188.  In this report, the mandate holder provides an overview of recent developments in the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in particular after the country opened up to peace and denuclearisation dialogue with the Republic of Korea and the  United States of America. The Special Rapporteur analyses the implications of these talks for human rights and provides recommendation as to how this opening can be used to improve the human rights situation in the  Democratic  People’s Republic of Korea.  The analysis is based on the results of recent testimonies of people who left t…
Date : July 24, 2018
PERVASIVE, PUNITIVE,AND PREDETERMINED:UNDERSTANDINGMODERN SLAVERYIN NORTH KOREAWalk Free Foundation & Leiden UniversityAuthorsRemco E. Breuker is Professor of Korean Studies at Leiden University and Director of the Leiden Asia Centre.Imke van Gardingen (LLM int. & EU labour law, MA Korean Studies) is a researcher on DPRK overseas labour and policy advisor on labour migration at the Dutch Federation of Trade Unions.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Re... 
Date : July 18, 2018
Lord Ahmad publishes Annual Human Rights Report 2017Minister for Human Rights Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, publishes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report.Today (16 July) Lord Ahmad, the Minister for Human Rights Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, publishes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report.The report is a barometer for the global human rights picture with particular emphasis on the FCO’s 30 Human Rights Priority Countries. The report also focuses on how the UK is working to protect and promote human rights across the world.It covers the period from January to December 2017.The Minister for Human Rights, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, said:" 50 years ago the UK played a vital role in drafting the seminal text that remains the cornerstone for human rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." However, the ongoing repression of people’s rights reminds us that our work to defend them is as pressing and urgent as ever." This report is vital in documenting the serious concerns we have about the human rights situations in a range of countries." Standing up for human rights is not only the r…
HRW Q & A: North Korea, Sanctions, and Human Rights 
Date : June 8, 2018
Q&A: North Korea, Sanctions, and Human RightsThis questions-and-answers document sets out the sanctions regime and other diplomatic measures imposed on North Korea, Human Rights Watch’s position on sanctions, and recommendations for addressing North Korea’s human rights record. It explains how existing sanctions on North Korea operate, why they were imposed, and how they might be relaxed, lifted, or tightened.Sanctions on North Korea include measures related to nuclear weapons proliferation activities imposed by the United Nations Security Council and some UN member states, including the United States and members of the European Union. They also include targeted economic and travel-related sanctions and measures imposed bilaterally on high-level North Korean officials for human rights reasons.What types of sanctions are currently imposed on North Korea?What is Human Rights Watch’s position on non-proliferation and human rights sanctions?What human rights sanctions against North Korea are currently in place?Do US sanctions, which only apply to US persons, companies, and financial institutions, have an effect outside of the United States?How do the UN …
Panmunjeom Declaration 
Date : April 30, 2018
Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification of the Korean Peninsula During this momentous period of historical transformation on the Korean Peninsula, reflecting the enduring aspiration of the Korean people for peace, prosperity and unification, President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea held an Inter-Korean Summit Meeting at the ‘Peace House’ at Panmunjeom on April 27, 2018.The two leaders solemnly declared before the 80 million Korean people and the whole world that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun.The two leaders, sharing the firm commitment to bring a swift end to the Cold War relic of longstanding division and confrontation, to boldly approach a new era of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity, and to improve and cultivate inter-Korean relations in a more active manner, declared at this historic site of Panmunjeom as follows :1. South and North Korea will reconnect the blood relations of the people and bring forward the future of co-prosperity and unification led by Koreans by facilitating …
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