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2014-12-23 No “Interview?” Rest Assured There Is Plenty to Watch and Read about North Korea
2014-12-10 ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, ALLSOURCE ANALYSIS (ASA) AND HRNK PARTNER TO MONITOR NORTH KOREAN POLITICAL PRISONS
2014-11-11 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK, JBI and NGO Consortium Call on UN Member States to Adopt UNGA Draft Resolution on North Korea
2014-10-29 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK and JBI Call For Deeds, not Words from North Korea; Seek a Strong General Assembly Resolution
2014-07-02 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK calls upon China's President while in Seoul to announce a halt to forced repatriations of North Korean refug
2014-06-05 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK and AllSource Analysis Update Report Based on Satellite Imagery of North Korea’s Political Prison Camp No.
2014-04-15 PRESS RELEASE: Illicit: North Korea’s Evolving Operations to Earn Hard Currency
2014-02-16 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK Welcomes the Report by the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on North Korean Human Rights
2013-12-11 HRNK Mourns the Loss of HRNK Board Member Richard Williamson
2013-11-06 PRESS RELEASE: FORUM ON NORTH KOREA’S HIDDEN GULAG
2013-11-02 PRESS RELEASE: The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) to Host
2013-08-26 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK Launches New Report: North Korea’s Hidden Gulag: Interpreting Reports of Changes in the Prison Camps
2013-06-04 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK Calls on President Obama to Raise with President Xi Jinping of China the Protection of North Korean Refugees
2013-04-03 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK-FLETCHER SCHOOL-LANTOS FOUNDATION FORUM ADDRESSES HUMAN RIGHTS IN KIM JONG-UN’S NORTH KOREA
2013-02-25 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK and DigitalGlobe Launch Report based on Satellite Imagery of North Korea’s Political Prison Camp No. 25
2012-10-24 PRESS RELEASE: HRNK and DigitalGlobe Launch Report Based on Satellite Imagery of North Korea's Political Prison Camp No. 22
2012-10-12 PRESS RELEASE: North Korea’s Political Prison Camp System and the Plight of North Korean Refugees: A Call for Action
2012-07-19 PRESS RELEASE: Coercion, Control, Surveillance, and Punishment
2012-07-19 Coercion, Control, Surveillance, and Punishment: An Examination of the North Korean Police State
2012-06-06 PRESS RELEASE: Marked for Life: Songbun, North Korea's Social Classification System
2012-04-10 PRESS RELEASE: Hidden Gulag Second Edition
North Korea: Imagery Analysis of Camp 15
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Andy Dinville, and Mike Eley
Feb 17, 2015

As part of a joint undertaking with the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, more commonly known as North Korea, AllSource Analysis has been mon- itoring activity at political prison facilities throughout North Korea. This report details activity at the facility commonly known as Camp 15.

North Korea's Camp No. 25 Update
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.
Jun 05, 2014

As part of a joint undertaking with the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) to use satellite imagery to shed light on human suffering in North Korea AllSource Analysis (ASA) has been monitoring activity at political prison facilities in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, more commonly known as North Korea).  This report covers activity observed during the past 12 months at the facility commonly known as Kwan-li-so&nbs

In 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.  As HRNK Co-chair and for

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. Please view the press release here. 

The newest version of Coercion, Control, Surveillance, and Punishment: An Examination of the North Korea Police State by Ken Gause, updated on May 24, 2013. 

North Korea's Camp No. 25
HRNK & DigitalGlobe, Inc.
Feb 25, 2013

For this report, DigitalGlobe Analytics examined eleven images collected from 2003 to 2013 of the North Korean political prison facility known as Camp 25 (a.k.a. Kwan-liso No. 25, Political Prison Facility No. 25, No. 25 Chongjin Political Concentration Camp, Susŏng Correctional Center) in Susŏng-dong, Ch’ŏngjin-si, Hamgyŏng-bukto, on the northeast coast of the nation. In this analysis, imagery was compared to identify changes in the organization of the camp, including variations in:

North Korea's Camp No. 22 - Update
HRNK & DigitalGlobe, Inc.
Dec 11, 2012

As a follow-up to the October 2012 joint HRNK- DigitalGlobe imagery analysis of North Korea’s Camp 22 (Kwan-li-so No. 22, Korean People’s Security Guard Unit 2209), DigitalGlobe’s Analysis Center was asked to assist in identifying reported activity in and around Camp 22 in Hamgyŏng-bukto. More specifically, the Analysis Center was to examine: The outer perimeter fence, guard towers and guard positions to determine if some, or all, have been razed. The

North Korea's Camp No. 22
HRNK & DigitalGlobe, Inc.
Oct 24, 2012

During late September 2012, the North Korean activist community began reporting that the notorious political penal labor facility Camp 22 had been closed in early 2012. On October 1, 2012, in response to these reports and in partnership with the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, DigitalGlobe’s Analysis Center initiated an imagery analysis of Camp 22.

The North Korean government assigns a “songbun” status to every citizen at birth based on the perceived political loyalty of his or her family going back generations. While a small, politically loyal class in North Korea is entitled to extensive privileges, the vast majority of citizens are relegated to a permanent lower status and then discriminated against for reasons they cannot control or change.

The Hidden Gulag Second Edition
David Hawk
Apr 10, 2012

Based on extensive interviews with over 60 defectors and more than 40 satellite photos of North Korean political prisoner camps, the report calls for the dismantlement of the vast North Korean gulag system in which 150,000 to 200,000 are incarcerated.