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Universal Periodic Review Documentation 
Date : April 12, 2018
Universal Periodic Review - Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaAll NK UPR-related documentation
Report of the Special Rapporteur-A/HRC/37/69 
Date : March 19, 2018
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Statement by Tomas Ojea Quintana at the 37th HRC 
Date : March 14, 2018
UN expert Tomás Ojea Quintana briefed the Human Rights Council this morning on the human rights situation in the DPRK. He called upon the Council to not to lose sight of human rights in the DPRK, and to play an active role in reaching out to the authorities in relation to human rights. He urged the Council for the need to visit the country and engage with the DPRK. 
Date : March 2, 2018
THE EDUCATION OF KIM JONG–UNBY JUNG H. PAK, Brookings InstitutionFebruary 2018WHEN NORTH KOREAN STATE MEDIA reported in December 2011 that leader Kim Jong-il had died at the age of 70 of a heart attack from “overwork,” I was a relatively new analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. Everyone knew that Kim had heart issues—he had suffered a stroke in 2008—and that the day would probably come when his family’s history of heart disease and his smoking, drinking, and partying would catch up with him. His father and founder of the country Kim Il-sung had also died of a heart attack in 1994. Still, the death was jarring. ......
Opinions adopted by WGAD 
Date : February 28, 2018
Opinions adopted by WGAD at the 18th session, 20–24 November 2017Opinion No. 80/2017 concerning Il Joo, Cheol Yong Kim, Eun Ho Kim, Kwang Ho Kim and Seong Min Yoon (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)* 1. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was established in resolution 1991/42 of the Commission on Human Rights, which extended and clarified the Working Group’s mandate in its resolution 1997/50. Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 60/251 and Human Rights Council decision 1/102, the Council assumed the mandate of the Commission. The mandate of the Working Group was most recently extended for a three-year period in Council resolution 33/30 of 30 September 2016. .....
Date : February 28, 2018
The Amnesty International Report 2017/18 documents the state of the world’s human rights in 159 countries and territories during 2017. Conflict, austerity measures and natural disasters pushed many into deeper poverty and insecurity; millions were forced to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere in their own countries or across international borders. Discrimination remained rife in all regions of the world, and at times had deadly consequences for the victims. Governments of all persuasions continued to crack down on the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
Date : February 7, 2018
MOVIES, MARKETS AND MASS SURVEILLANCEIn 2007 Christian Solidarity Worldwide published a ground-breaking report on human rights violations in North Korea. The report, A Case to Answer, a Call to Act, set out the case for urgent action to address human rights abuses and called on the UN General Assembly to establish a commission of inquiry (COI).In 2014 the COI produced a comprehensive report which concluded that the ‘gravity, scale and nature’ of the violations of human rights in North Korea ‘reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.’ Following the report, the UN Human Rights Council passed a strong resolution on the issue which included a request for the Security Council to take action. In November 2014 the General Assembly’s human rights committee also approved a resolution that acknowledged the COI findings, and in December that year the Security Council formally added the human rights situation in the DPRK to its agenda.Ten years on from CSW’s 2007 call for a COI, CSW’s new report looks at what has changed in the last decade, both inside and outside the country. [Source: CSW]
Report of SR on the rights of persons with disabilities 
Date : January 31, 2018
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities on her visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaNote by the SecretariatThe Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the  Special  Rapporteur  on  the  rights  of  persons  with  disabilities,  Catalina  Devandas Aguilar,  on  her  mission  to  the  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 3 to 8 May 2017.  In  her  report,  the  Special  Rapporteur  explores  issues  relating  to  her  mandate  in  the light  of  the  Convention  on  the  Rights  of  Persons  with  Disabilities  and  other  international human  rights  instruments.  On  the  basis  of  the  information  gathered  prior  to,  during  and after  the  visit,  she  reflects  on  the  situation  of  persons  with  disabilities  in  the  Democrat…
Soap Operas and Socialism 
Date : January 31, 2018
Soap Operas and Socialism: Dissecting Kim Jong-un’s Evolving Policy Priorities through TV Dramas in North KoreaRomance, humor, tension — everyone loves a good sitcom, even North Koreans. But in North Korea, TV dramas are more than mere entertainment. They play a crucial political role by serving as a key messenger of party and government policy. They aim to shape social and cultural mores in North Korean society. And in the Kim Jong-un era, they act as an advertisement for the “good life” promised to the political elite. Through TV dramas, the North Korean people learn what the regime says constitutes being a good citizen in Kim Jong-un’s North Korea today: showing loyalty to the party, using science and technology to advance national interests, thinking creatively in problem-solving, and facing the nation’s continued economic hardships with a positive attitude. The soaps and sitcoms reveal a shift in social priorities: Viewers are encouraged to put their families first, to nurture and elevate the next generation, and to be bold in thinking outside the box rather than settling for the status quo. These contrast with themes popular in films made during the Kim Jong-il era…
HRW World Report 2018 
Date : January 30, 2018
North Korea is one of the most repressive authoritarian states in the world. In his sixth year in power, Kim Jong-un—the third leader of the dynastic Kim family and head of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) who exercises almost total political control—intensified repressive measures; tightened domestic restrictions on travel and unauthorized cross-border travel with China; and punished North Koreans for contacting the outside world. The government continued to generate fearful obedience from citizens by means of threatened and actual execution, detention, and forced labor under harsh, sometimes fatal, conditions.During 2017, North Korea fired 23 missiles during 16 tests and conducted its sixth nuclear test, sending tensions between the US and its allies and North Korea to their highest level in decades. Personal insults and threats traded between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in September and October further worsened the situation.On human rights, the international community continued to press for action on the findings of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or Nort…
The Parallel Gulag 
Date : November 10, 2017
The Parallel Gulag: North Korea’s “An-jeon-bu” Prison CampsDavid Hawk with Amanda Mortwedt OhOct 26, 2017
2017 Report of the SR on the situation of human rights in the DPRK 
Date : November 10, 2017
Seventy-second session  Agenda item 72 (c)  Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives  Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaNote by the Secretary-General Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Summary In the  present report,  the mandate  holder takes  stock of  the monitoring and advocacy activities that he conducted in his first year as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Special Rapporteur outlines political and security developments with direct implications for the country’s human rights situation, as well as efforts by the authorities to engage with United Nations human rights mechanisms. In addition, the Special Rapporteur reviews recent trends that were brought to his attention, including through interviews with people who have recently left the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and other sources from civil society and the United Nations system. On the basis of …
CEDAW Replies of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 
Date : November 10, 2017
Sixty-eighth session23 October-17 November 2017Item 4 of the provisional agendaConsideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against WomenList of issues and questions in relation to the combined second to fourth periodic reports of the Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaAddendumReplies of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea[Date received: 16 June 2017]
CRC Concluding observations on the 5th report of the DPRK 
Date : November 10, 2017
Committee on the Rights of the Child23 October 2017Concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea I.Introduction1.The Committee considered the fifth periodic report of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (CRC/C/PRK/5) at its 2236th and 2237th meetings (see CRC/C/SR.2236 and 2237), held on 20 September 2017, and adopted the present concluding observations at its 2251st meeting, held on 29 September 2017.2.The Committee welcomes the submission of the fifth periodic report of the State party and the written replies to the list of issues (CRC/C/PRK/Q/5/Add.1), which allowed for a better understanding of the situation of children’s rights in the State party. The Committee expresses appreciation for the constructive dialogue held with the multisectoral delegation of the State party.
Report of the group of independent experts on accountability 
Date : March 15, 2017
A/HRC/34/66/Add.1 Report of the group of independent experts on accountability Human Rights CouncilThirty-fourth session27 February-24 March 2017Agenda item 4Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Report of the group of independent experts on accountability Note by the Secretariat The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the report of the group of independent experts on accountability pursuant to Council resolution 31/18.
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