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North Korea: Crimes Against Humanity Demand Justice 
Date : March 14, 2017
(Seoul, March 7, 2017) – The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) today announced its support for two new United Nations reports calling for the international community to hold the North Korean government accountable for crimes against humanity. The group of independent experts on accountability, appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the request of the Human Rights Council last year with a specific mandate to explore approaches to accountability, asserted that “investigation and prosecution of serious crimes is critical.” The group called for “measures to ensure the right of victims to reparations, the right of victims and society to know the truth about violations, and guarantees of non-recurrence of violations.” “The North Korean government and its leaders should face justice for their crimes against humanity, which continue to this day,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “We urge the UN Human Rights Council to respond positively to the special rapporteur’s call that the recommendations of the group of independent experts be implemented without delay.” The independe…
N. Korea’s child slavery problem is even worse than imagined 
Date : February 10, 2017
They work long hours, don’t get paid and have little say over what they do. Stuck in slave-like conditions, many never get the chance to escape their situation. But this is the reality for many North Koreans who are forced to work in a shocking and inhumane environment. These people are literally servants to the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un — and to make it worse, many are not even adults. Human Rights Watch has highlighted the brutal and barbaric lives youngsters face in the secretive country, with many, especially poor children, having little option of escape. Detailing the plight of two teens who escaped from North Korea and using research and analysis from several sources, HRW said children were being exploited through forced labor and discrimination. One teen was recruited into forced labor every day due to her family’s inability to pay for schooling, while another became an unpaid worker in a home after her family was unable to support her. The teens, who will present their accounts to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child this week, are just the tip of the iceberg, HRW claims. HRW has called on the UN to pressure the North …
UN: North Korea Exploiting Children 
Date : February 9, 2017
Forced Labor and Discrimination Will Top Child Rights Committee Briefing (Geneva, February 8, 2017) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child should press the North Korean government to end the exploitation of children through forced labor and discrimination, Human Rights Watch and three Korean nongovernmental organizations said today. During the week of February 6, 2017, Human Rights Watch, the International Coalition toStop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), the New Korea Women’s Union, and the Caleb Mission will brief the pre-sessional working group of the committee in Geneva about the situation of children’s rights in North Korea. Although the North Korean government claims to have abolished child labor 70 years ago, the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea and other government agencies still require students and other children to take part in forced labor on behalf of the state.Other human rights violations include government discrimination regarding access to education, abuses against children with mothers in third countries, corporal punishment at schools, and children compelled to work extended hours without pay in paramilitary forced la…
Louis Cole's Merry North Korea adventure by Phil Robertson 
Date : September 21, 2016
Louis Cole's Merry North Korea adventure By Phil Robertson North Korea is one of the most repressive countries in the world. But that didn't faze the British YouTube celebrity Louis Cole, a 33-year-old travel blogger with nearly two million subscribers, from jumping onto a guided government tour to try and find some new material to promote himself and his FunforLouis video channel. Evidently Cole thought his motto of "peace out, enjoy life and live the adventure," combined with the outlandish goal to promote surfing for North Koreans, would be so much adventure that no one noticed he was completely ignoring the dire reality of life for most persons living under a government whose egregious human rights abuses have been described by the U.N. as "without parallel in the contemporary world." Maybe Cole didn't do his homework, but he seemed genuinely surprised when he came under fire from other Internet video loggers for uploading videos from his 10-day trip in the North Korean government-controlled bubble. He shouldn't have been. ...................
Date : November 30, 2015
The Korean citizen Kim Young Hwan has been helping North Koreans to learn the notion of democracy and human rights, using China as a base of operation, so that together they can gain the capacity to build up a civil society in North Korea. His story reads like a espionage thriller – a tale of two Koreas, changed allegiances, torture and fear. Once Upon a time, Kim Young Hwan was one of South Korea’s best-known student activists. During this time, in the wild 80’s, he was tortured by his own government for supporting its archenemy, North Korea- This is the same Government who protects him today. Back in the 80s, North Korea considered Mr. Kim as such an asset that it smuggled him out of South Korea for a meeting with the North`s founder. Soon after his meeting he had a change of heart and renounced the Communist police state. Since then he has been working tireless to help North Koreans to build an underground pro-democracy movement, using the border between the North and its ally China as his base of operations. [Srouce: Globalo.com]
An Interview with HRNK Report Author David Hawk 
Date : October 14, 2015
HRNK Hidden Gulag series report author David Hawk discussing North Korea’s prison camps with HRNK. On August 24, 2015, HRNK Director of Programs Rosa Park and Outreach Coordinator Raymond Ha traveled to David Hawk’s home in New Jersey to interview the author on his upcoming report for HRNK, The Hidden Gulag IV: Gender Repression and Prisoner Disappearances. This report, along with North Korea: Imagery Analysis of Camp 15 “Yodŏk” –Closure of the “Revolutionizing Zone” by AllSource Analysis and HRNK, was launched on September 18, 2015 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. David answered on the following questions. See details via HRNK insider. - How did the first Hidden Gulag come about? - You are now on the fourth edition of The Hidden Gulag. What got you interested in the topic of North Korean political prison camps? - How has The Hidden Gulag research methodology changed over the years? - What is the most interesting thing you found while interviewing three women from kyo-hwa-so prison? - Why should we, as the American public, care about these political prison camps halfway around the world? Why should we keep track of ongoing changes? - Why should th…
A list of 180 Prisoners in Yoduk Released 
Date : June 27, 2015
ICNK Seoul member organizations held a press conference on 26th in Seoul Press Center, in which a report regarding the prisoners of Yoduk Concentration Camp was released. The report, titled “My Fellow Inmates: The 180 People Who Disappeared with Seorimcheon, Yoduk”, contains the names, age, and reasons of imprisonment of the 181 prisoners, who were imprisoned in the camp from 2000 to 2003. The list is based on the memories of a North Korean defector, Jung Gang-il, who used to be a prisoner in Camp No. 15, Yoduk from 2000 to 2003. The ICNK Secretariat submitted this report to the UN Human Rights Office in Seoul, which opened on 23th. [Source: Chosun Ilbo]
ICNK Event Discusses New Strategies for Change in NK 
Date : April 10, 2015
The inflow of outside information permeating North Korea's borders holds profound influence to change North Korean residents' awareness and can play a pivotal role in the fight to improve North Korea's systematic human rights violations. These issues--among others--featured prominently at the ICNK (International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea) Conference on Implementations on COI (Commission of Inquiry) Recommendations held last week in Seoul. “International pressure, criticism, and formation of public opinions are crucial for ameliorating the human rights issues in North Korea. But equally as imperative is devising strategies that effect change within North Korea," stated Kim Young Hwan, senior researcher with Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights (NKnet). He added that the North Korean regime would have to fundamentally change for these human rights issued to be rectified, but that residents’ awareness of outside information is equally vital to this goal, explaining that North Koreans must have an accurate understanding of their leadership to drive change. To this end, the international community's role is crucial. “North Korea…
Blackmailing Package to Ha Tae Keung and North Korea's Reaction 
Date : October 18, 2013
Around 16:00 last October 2nd, one package from Shenyang, China was delivered to the South Korean assemblyman Ha Tae Keung’s local office in Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan, South Korea. In the package, there were a purple skull-shaped mask and a white t-shirt that had been slashed by a knife. On the front of the t-shirt, ‘There will be the devil to pay. You will be purged of sin’ was written in red ink. ‘Family, life’ was written on the left sleeve and ‘honor, right’ was written on the right sleeve. On the back of the shirt, ‘let’s see the end’ was written. Ha’s office reported it to police around 11:40am on October 3rd, and police were retracing the delivery route of the package and conducting fingerprint and DNA analyses to determine whether or not the target was Ha Tae Keung. Ha thinks that China’s cooperation is importantly needed in this situation, so he urged the Chinese authorities to pay attention to the fact that a package attempting to blackmail a sitting South Korean assemblyman was delivered to current from China and to carry out an active investigation into the incident. For this case, the North Korean state-run newspaper, Rodong Shinmun, repo…
UN COI to Hold Public Hearings in UK and US 
Date : October 18, 2013
GENEVA, 17 October 2013 – The United Nations-mandated commission investigating the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will begin next week a series of public hearings in the United Kingdom and the United States aimed at gathering information from witnesses on rights violations alleged to have occurred in the Asian nation. The three-member Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK will hold public hearings in London on 23 October to be followed by two days of similar hearings in Washington D.C. on 30 and 31 October. Those testifying before the UN panel will include individuals with first-hand accounts of conditions in the DPRK. The chairperson of the Commission, the Australian judge Michael Kirby, said the London and Washington D.C. hearings provide an important opportunity for witnesses to share information aimed at raising international awareness about the human rights situation in the DPRK, whose Government has so far declined access into the country to the Commissioners. “Although we do not have direct access to the DPRK, we are still able to gather vital information from individuals who have bravely come forwa…
How North Korea Gets Away With It 
Date : October 7, 2013
How North Korea Gets Away With It The United Nations finally begins investigating Pyongyang's human-rights abuses. By BRUCE KLINGNER AND JARED GENSER Major Louis Renault was "shocked, shocked" to find gambling going on in "Casablanca," and so it is with United Nations investigators examining abuses of human rights in North Korea. An official U.N. Commission of Inquiry last month proclaimed "shocking" testimony of the Pyongyang regime's "widespread and serious violations" of its people's human rights. But which is more disturbing—the long-known details of Pyongyang's brutality, or that the U.N. only now got around to investigating it? Over the past several months, the U.N. inquiry has done an excellent job raising awareness of North Korean human-rights abuses through public hearings in Seoul and Tokyo. But already for years, North Korean refugees have been risking their lives to document Pyongyang's atrocities against its citizens. These include arbitrary imprisonment, torture, slave labor, rape, summary execution, forced abortion and medical experimentation. Three generations of a family can be dispatched to North Korea's vast gulag system for such "crimes" as c…
UN Human Rights Council: the Breakthrough in the Nuclear Crisis 
Date : February 16, 2013
UN Human Rights Council: the Breakthrough in the Nuclear Crisis by Kim Tae Hun What is a true solution for North Korea after 20 years of negotiations on the issue of the North Korean nuclear program has failed because of the third nuclear test on the 12th? A true solution is to put practical efforts in to resolving the situation by putting the North Korean human rights issue on the agenda, which has been overshadowed by the nuclear issue for years. Nuclear development, which is a core tool used by the regime to maintain the dictatorship system, is connected directly with the deplorable human rights situation in North Korea. We need to be aware that the nature of the nuclear crisis caused by the North’s regime stems from the North Korean authorities’ anti-human rights policies. History teaches us that if North Korean human rights are recovered, a nuclear warhead, which has been developed with the North Korean people’s sacrifices and human rights abuses, would be just pieces of scrap metal similar to the Soviet’s missiles. The establishment of a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into North Korea human rights abuses will be discussed at the 22nd UN Human Rights Council, which …
110 South Korean Intellectuals' Statement on UN COI 
Date : February 5, 2013
On the 4th, 110 South Korean intellectuals and human rights activists presented a statement to the public that urges the South Korean government to support the establishment of UN COI into North Korea's crimes against humanity. They emphasized international society's public opinion by stating that Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, criticized North Korea's extreme human rights situation and called for the establishment of COI. They also reported on how British members of Parliament, international human rights organizations. and the Japanese government had urged and supported for the establishment of a COI. 110 intellectuals and human rights activists, who participated in the creation and signing of this statement, called for the South Korean government's active support for the COI so that it can be adopted at the UN Human Rights Council this coming March.
ICNK Urges the UN to Establish a COI 
Date : January 24, 2013
Last Tuesday, the ICNK held a press conference entitled, "Make Pulic the UN Decision on Detention of Kang Cheol Hwan's and Shin Dong Hyuk's Family in North Korea," at the Press Center in Seoul. Last April, the ICNK submitted a petition to the UN that requested the release of Kang Mi-ho, Kim Jeong Nam and Shin Kyung Seop. The North Korean government sent a reply last September refusing to cooperate. On Tuesday, Kim Young Ho, Korea's human rights ambassador, said that we need to change the North Korean government's attitude through a UN Commission of Inquiry. Also, Jared Genser, the ICNK's pro bono counsel, explained the 3 implications of the establishment of a UN COI. The ICNK is increasing its attempts to persuade the UN to establish a COI in the forthcoming UN Human Rights Council general assembly meeting in March.
ICNK Delivered an Appeal Letter to UN Member States and Missions 
Date : November 7, 2012
Last Thursday, ICNK delivered a letter to UN member states' foreign ministers and the UN missions of member states. The letter contains 179 defectors' signatures and an appeal that urges the recipients to establish a UN commission of inquiry to investigate the inhumane crimes happening in North Korea. Defectors insist that when the UN establishes a commission of inquiry, it can help oppress the North Korean regime.
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