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 the international community be concerned about the North Korean political prison camps and the ongoing changes?
- How do you recommend that we find 121 missing people in your report? (in the list of 181 former prisoners, there are 121 whose whereabouts are unknown.)
- How can we hold the North Korean regime responsible for the 121 missing people included in the report?