In case you missed it, the HRNK blog features testimonials by North Korean defectors who have interned at our office in Washington, DC. Read the latest entry here.
Unprecedented report by special commission follows year-long investigation into human rights violations in the totalitarian state
"For the first time, a United Nations body has recognized that the government of North Korea is committing crimes against humanity and that its leaders should be brought to account," said Roberta Cohen, joint chair of The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. “It is now up to the world community to take action to protect those persecuted and bring the perpetrators to justice,” she added. -The Telegraph
Read personal testimonies of former North Koreans who have interned in our HRNK Washington DC office.
I was born in socialist North Korea. I lived my life struggling to be free from hunger and had little to dream about. After that, I spent more than five years in China in fear because of my precarious status. Despite several arrests and forced repatriations to North Korea, I survived and eventually arrived in South Korea. Not until then could I have a dream and start studying…..
U.S. is disappointed but says it will continue to work through diplomatic channels
North Korea has cancelled talks with US Envoy Robert King who was confident in the release of imprisoned American.
"It’s been three months since National Geographic released a set of rare North Korea photos and weeks since rap duo Pacman and Peso debuted the music video they shot secretly (and illegally) on the streets of Pyongyang.
But you’ve never seen North Korea like this.”
Defector who grew up in labour camp will work with world body on human rights in North Korea, but doubts it will have any impact
"The horrible state that is North Korea does not take the UN seriously and history shows us that the organisation has not been able to do one thing to halt the problem in North Korea," he said.
An international response to North Korea’s egregious human rights record has begun to take shape but Roberta Cohen examines the strategies needed to more proactively promote rights in North Korea.
Article by HRNK Co-chair, Roberta Cohen
The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, called for improved ties in his New Yearâs Day speech. His country has repeated the offer almost daily since.
Some resist from outside, and others from within. They say it’s worth the risk.
North Korea is undoubtedly one of the most…
"Peoples willingness to ignore or confront authority is becoming more and more common. People around the world have this image of North Koreans as being brainwashed but that’s very mistaken. When North Koreans are challenged for infringing a certain law, as long as the offense is not political, they don’t hesitate to protest.” - Asia Press Japanese journalist, Jiro Ishimaru