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UN COI's Oral Update at the HRC
Date : September 23, 2013
Michael Kirby, the chair of the COI on human rights in the DPRK, gave the first oral update about the human rights situation in North Korea at the 24th session of the Human Rights Council on September 16th, 2013.
David Hawk's Report of Change in NK Prison Camps
Date : August 30, 2013
David Hawk interprets reports of changes in North Korea's political prison camps in his most recent report, "North Korea's Hidden Gulag: Interpreting Reports of Changes in the Prison Camps."
Amnesty International Release Annual Report
Date : May 23, 2013
Amnesty International have released their annual report for 2013. In the section on North Korea, Amnesty finds that "Systematic human rights violations remained widespread." The report is a summary of the human rights situation of the past year in the country. The food crisis, although somewhat abated by improved harvests, continues. Amnesty's report states, "Chronic malnutrition continued to plague most people, with several reportedly dying of starvation." The report draws attention to two high-profile cases of arbitrary arrest and detention: Kenneth Bae and Shin Sook-ja. It outlines the reasons for their detention and a response from the regime on the whereabouts of Shin Sook-ja. The report states that North Korea places harsh restrictions on freedom: "The authorities continued to impose severe restrictions on freedoms of expression, opinion and assembly." In summary, Amnesty wrote that, "The food crisis persisted, with chronic and widespread malnutrition still a public health concern. Millions faced continued food insecurity and remained dependent on food aid. Despite reports that one political prison camp had closed, tens of thousands remained detained in su…
FIDH's Report: The Death Penalty in North Korea
Date : May 20, 2013
ICNK's member organization, FIDH, published the report about the death penalty in North Korea.
U.S. State Department Release Country Reports
Date : April 21, 2013
The U.S. State Department has released its "Country Reports for Human Rights Practices for 2012." The report features a significant section on North Korea and its violations of human rights. It comments that "Human rights conditions in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) remained deplorable."The report states that although there continues to be a constant stream of testimonies of human rights violations, the regime failed to prosecute a single official for human rights abuses. The report extensively outlines some of the reports of human rights abuses in the country, which are largely sourced from other reports.
UK Government's "Human Rights and Democracy" Report Released
Date : April 21, 2013
The British Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office have just released their annual edition of "Human Rights and Democracy," a report outlining the state of human rights and democracy around the world in 2012. The report finds "little improvement in the human rights situation in the DPRK in 2012."As there are continuing reports of widespread human rights violations in North Korea, the report comments on how the UK has engaged with the regime on human rights over the last year. In particular, the British government have repeatedly raised concerns with the North Korean authorities about prison camps. Engagement on improving the human rights situation has gone beyond mere dialogue.The British government invited North Korean officials to witness the British judicial system; this invitation was accepted and North Koreans went to visit British courts. Junior North Korean officials were also given English-language training via a British government program. As well as engaging with the regime with various programs, the UK also used their position at the UN this year to support investigations into North Korean human rights.At the UN General Assembly, the UK co-spons…
Marzuki Darusman's Report to the UNHRC
Date : March 18, 2013
Marzuki Darusman, Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, recently filed his report on the human rights situation in the country at the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council. The report took stock of a number of different reports on human rights in North Korea to present as in-depth a report as possible. Included in the report is evidence from 22 reports created by the Special Rapporteur and Secretary-General since 2004, 16 resolutions adopted by the UN, concluding observations from a number of UN bodies, and the Universal Periodic Review. Mr. Darusman's report identifies 9 patterns of violations of human rights. The 9 patterns, it has been observed by a number of parties, may constitute crimes against humanity. His report concludes recommendations for future steps for dealing with the human rights issues in North Korea. Moreover, he calls for “A detailed examination and legal analysis of whether crimes against humanity are being perpetrated in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as well as violation against foreign national such as abductees.”
2013 Darusman's Report on Situation of Human Rights in NK
Date : March 9, 2013
Human 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 Darusman In his statement to the Third Committee of the General Assembly in November 2012, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People‟s Republic of Korea called on Member States and the international community to undertake a comprehensive review of the many reports on the human rights situation in the Democratic People‟s Republic of Korea submitted under his mandate and by the Secretary-General over the past eight years to assess the underlying patterns and trends, and consider setting up a more detailed mechanism of inquiry. The present report provides a comprehensive review of United Nations documentation and resolutions on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People‟s Republic of Korea since 2004. In addition to a total of 22 reports by the Secretary-General and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People‟s Republic of Korea since 2004, and 16 resolutions ado…
North Korea Ranked 178th in Press Freedom
Date : January 31, 2013
Reporters without Borders, the France based organization, that reports on press freedom around the world has ranked North Korea 178th out of 179 countries in their annual Press Freedom Index. The annual report has placed North Korea in the bottom three again. North Korea was only just kept off bottom place by Eritrea. The report states that nothing has changed in North Korea whatsoever in regards to press freedom since Kim Jong Eun took power.
Human Rights Watch Releases Q & A on COI
Date : January 23, 2013
Human Rights Watch have released documents for activists and governments which give an outline for why a Commission of Inquiry in to crimes against humanity in North Korea is necessary. The documents released covers - in a question and answer format - the current human rights situation in the country, why a COI is necessary, how a COI will make a difference, how a COI can be established, and what individuals and governments can do to help establish a COI.
North Korea Tops World Watch List 2013
Date : January 9, 2013
North Korea has topped Open Doors’ World Watch List 2013. The World Watch List ranks countries from around the world on how heavily they persecute Christians. North Korea placed in the “Extreme Persecution” band. It is the eleventh year in a row that North Korea has been ranked as the most serious persecutor of Christians amongst the world’s nations. Open Doors estimate the number of Christians in North Korea that participate in the underground church movement as being about 400,000. The movement is underground because open worship in North Korea carries severe risk. The punishments doled out to believers include execution and being locked up in a political prison camp.
NKIDP Release Documentation Obtained about Early Border Crossers
Date : November 13, 2012
The North Korean International Documentation Project (NKIDP) based at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars recently released a report entitled, ‘Explaining North Korean Migration to China.’ The report gives a brief overview of the history of Chinese/North Korean migration before providing documentation from between 1957 and 1970 obtained from Chinese archives which shows the internal discussion between Chinese figures and ministries over what should be done with the North Korean migrants. The 11 documents obtained also show internal dialogue on what should be done with Chinese citizens migrating to North Korea. Document 1 dates to the 17th of December, 1957. The document, sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Chinese Embassy in North Korea as well as to Public Security Offices in three provinces, lays out exactly how to handle illegal border crossers from North Korea and from China. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided that legal border crossers on both sides of the border should be treated with leniency. It shows that the Chinese side would allow some to stay if they did not want to be repatriated. Document 2 focuses on marriages betwee…
IFRC Report on Recent Conditions in North Korea
Date : November 6, 2012
This report covers the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent's efforts to assist North Korea between September and October. The report covers their actions as well as current conditions in the country after the flooding and drought that plagued the country earlier in the year. Source: IFRC
Opinions Adopted by WGAD Concerning Shin Sook Ja
Date : July 23, 2012
Human Rights CouncilWorking Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at its sixty-third session, 30 April–4 May 2012 No. 4/2012 (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)Communication addressed to the Government on 1 March 2012Concerning Shin Sook Ja, Oh Hae Won and Oh Kyu WonThe Government replied to the communication on 27 April 2012
Global Hunger Index 2012
Date : October 15, 2012
The 2012 Global Hunger Index recently published by the International Food Policy Research Institute indicates that there is increasing hunger problems in the North with their GHI score trending downward to the lows of 1990. Despite large-scale international help, the North continues to suffer from food insecurity due to weak economic performance, problems in the agricultural sector, poor weather, and high spending on the military.