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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…
Report of the Special Rapporteur on DPRK Human Rights
Date : June 23, 2014
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Marzuki DarusmanThe Special Rapporteur shares his initial thoughts about the direction he intends to take in fulfilling his mandate, building on the findings and recommendations of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. He stresses the international law implications of the commission’s findings and the responsibility of the international community to protect.The Special Rapporteur also highlights the responses by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, including some opportunities for engagement presented by the Government’s latest position on the recommendations made at the universal periodic review. He also discusses the qualitative differences in responses required of the Member States, neighbouring States and other States concerned, and the United Nations system, involving also the realignment and strengthening of civil society work and people-to-people contacts.
The report of HRNK, Illicit
Date : May 27, 2014
The report of HRNK, Illicit: North Korea's Evolving Operations to Earn Hard CurrencyIn Illicit: North Korea’s Evolving Operations to Earn Hard Currency, Sheena Chestnut Greitens provides a detailed and thoroughly researched account of the role of illicit activities in the North Korean economy. A central conclusion of Chestnut Greitens’ analysis is that in the context of eroding state control over the licit aspects of the economy, illicit activities are also being “privatized” by North Korea’s elite. Sheena Chestnut GreitensApr 15, 2014
Universal Periodic Review Second Cycle - DPRK
Date : May 20, 2014
Universal Periodic Review Second Cycle - Democratic People’s Republic of Universal Periodic Review Second Cycle - Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaKorea
UK Conservative Party Human Rights Commission Release a Report
Date : May 20, 2014
BRING NORTH KOREA TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT, SAY CONSERVATIVE PARTY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION13 May 2014The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission today released a report calling on the British Government to lead a campaign to bring North Korea to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.The report, Unspeakable and Unparalleled: North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity, draws on evidence provided to the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission in three public hearings chaired by Fiona Bruce MP, and addresses the human rights violations perpetrated by the regime in North Korea, the refugee crisis, steps to break the regime’s “information blockade”, and ending impunity. It follows the UN Commission of Inquiry report, published in February, and the Human Rights Council’s resolution on North Korea in March.Released ahead of a debate in Westminster Hall this afternoon on human rights in North Korea tabled by Andrew Selous MP, the report contains 13 recommendations, including that the BBC World Service should “establish a radio broadcast to the Korean Peninsula” and the United Kingdom should “increase pressure on China to end its policies of forcib…
Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in DPRK
Date : February 19, 2014
Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea - A/HRC/25/63 Report of the detailed findings of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea - A/HRC/25/CRP.1
AI's New Report on Camp 16 and 15
Date : December 6, 2013
Amnesty International's new report on political prison camps 16 and 15 featuring recent satellite images.
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…