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CSW-MOVIES, MARKETS AND MASS SURVEILLANCE
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.
Report of the SR on the situation of human rights in the DPRK
Date : March 15, 2017
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaA/HRC/34/66Human Rights CouncilThirty-fourth session27 February-24 March 2017Agenda item 4Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Note by the Secretariat The present report, submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to Council resolution 28/22, is the first to be submitted by the current mandate holder since his appointment in August 2016. During the reporting period, two nuclear tests and repeated missile launches by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea deepened its international isolation. At the same time, the country took some positive steps to engage with some United Nations human rights mechanisms. The Special Rapporteur continues to build on the two-track approach advocated by his predecessor. The approach combines the demand to allocate responsibility for human rights violations with the need to pursue dialogue with the authorities and other actors to improve the human rights situation in the country. The Special R…
USCIRF 2016 Annual Report on Freedom of Religion
Date : August 12, 2016
UNITED STATES COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM2016 ANNUAL REPORTIn North Korea, thousands of religious believers and their families are imprisoned in labor camps, including those forcibly repatriated from China. Because North Korea is such a closed society, it is hard even to know the names of religious prisoners. The government controls all political and religious expression and activities and punishes those who question the regime. Religious freedom is non-existent. Individuals secretly engaging in religious activities are subject to arrest, torture, imprisonment, and execution. North Koreans suspected of contacts with South Koreans or foreign missionaries or who are caught possessing Bibles have been executed.
HRNK-Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in NK's Export Industries
Date : May 27, 2016
Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea's Export IndustriesKim Kwang-jin, HRNK Non-Resident FellowMay 26, 2016Coal, iron ore, copper, and other commodities constituting the bulk of North Korea’s exports are mined using forced and slave labor, according to a new 50-page report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). Authored by Kim Kwang-jin, North Korean escapee and senior analyst currently residing in South Korea, Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea’s Export Industries is an examination of North Korea’s forced and slave labor practices, highlighting North Korea’s extractive industry.
HRW World Report 0216: North Korea
Date : January 28, 2016
North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is an authoritarian state with a dynastic leadership that is among the most repressive in the world. In 2015, his fourth year in power, leader Kim Jong-Un continued to intensify repression, increased control over the North Korean border with China to prevent North Koreans from escaping and seeking refuge overseas, and tightened restrictions on freedom of movement inside the country. The government also punished those found with unauthorized information from outside the country—including news, films, and photos—and used public executions to generate fearful obedience.
USCIRF’s 2015 Annual Report on NK
Date : December 21, 2015
The North Korea Chapter in USCIRF’s 2015 Annual Report Key FindingsNorth Korea remains one of the most oppressive regimes in the world and among the worst violators of human rights. The government tightly controls all political and religious expression and activities, and it punishes those who question the regime. Genuine freedom of religion or belief is non-existent. Individuals secretly engaging in religious activities are subject to arrest, torture, imprisonment, and sometimes execution.
DRL, US - Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014
Date : June 26, 2015
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 Democratic People's Republic of KoreaEXECUTIVE SUMMARYShare The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) is an authoritarian state led by the Kim family for more than 60 years. In late 2011 Kim Jong Un was named marshal of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army. Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, the late Kim Il Sung, remains “eternal president.” The most recent national elections, held in March, were neither free nor fair. Authorities maintained effective control over the security forces.Citizens did not have the ability to change their government. The government subjected citizens to rigid controls over many aspects of their lives, including denial of the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, religion, movement, and worker rights. Reports continued of a vast network of political prison camps in which conditions were often harsh, life threatening, and included forced and compulsory labor.Defectors continued to report extrajudicial killings, disappearances, arbitrary detention, arrests of political prisoners, and torture. The judiciary was not…