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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…
UN: The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) Report 2015
Date : June 1, 2015
UN's FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) and WFP (World Food Programme) published 'The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) 2015'.According to the report, approximately 41.6% of North Koreans are suffering from undernourishment. From 2014 to 2016, the number of undernourished North Koreans are 10.5 millions. The proportion of undernourished people is higher than any other countries that the report covered (39 Asian countries).Compared to 2012-14, the number of the undernourished has increased from 10.3 to 10.5 million. The number of the undernourished has increased dramatically since 1990, when the figure was just 4.8 million.
Report of the SR on the situation of human rights in NK
Date : April 14, 2015
Human Rights CouncilTwenty-eighth sessionAgenda item 4Human rights situations that require the Council’s attentionReport of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Marzuki DarusmanSummaryIn the present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 25/25, the Special Rapporteur reflects on the latest developments in relation to the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea over the past year. While initially the authorities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea made a number of welcome gestures towards increased cooperation with the United Nations human rights system and bilateral partners, those openings have not been sustained, nor borne fruit.The main focus of the report is the development of a multitrack strategy aimed at addressing the issue of international abductions, enforced disappearances and related matters, as recommended by the commission of inquiry on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. By means of such a strategy, the Special Rapporteur seeks to maintain momentum on, and the visibility of, the issue in the international arena, …
Special Rapporteur's 2014 Report on Situation of human rights in NK
Date : December 2, 2014
Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea24 October 2014Note by the Secretary-GeneralThe Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly thereport of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DemocraticPeople’s Republic of Korea, Marzuki Darusman, in accordance with Assemblyresolution 68/183.
US, International Religious Freedom Report for 2013
Date : August 1, 2014
International Religious Freedom Report for 2013Korea, Democratic People's Republic ofUS Department of StateAlthough the constitution and other laws and policies provide for religious freedom, in practice, the government severely restricted religious activity, except for some officially recognized groups that it tightly supervised. Genuine religious freedom did not exist. Government practices continued to interfere with individuals’ ability to choose and to manifest their religious beliefs. The government continued to repress the religious activities of unauthorized religious groups. Reports by refugees, defectors, missionaries, and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) indicated that religious persons who engaged in proselytizing and those who were in contact with foreigners or missionaries were arrested and subjected to extremely harsh penalties, including execution. South Korean media reported that North Koreans were executed for religious activities. Due to the country’s inaccessibility and lack of timely information, arrests and punishments remained difficult to verify. The government allowed foreigners to attend government-sponsored religious services.There were no reports av…