"북한 은 세계에서 가장 억압적인 정권이다." - 스티븐 솔라즈
The Koreas at Night

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[04/29/2015] North Korea’s Forced Labor Enterprise: A State-Sponsored Marketplace in Human Trafficking -Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu
Statement of Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea at the hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission entitled “North Korea’s Forced Labor Enterprise: A State-Sponsored Marketplace in Human Trafficking," April 29, 2015 Good afternoon, Chairman Pitts. On behalf of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, I would like to express great appreciation for inviting me to speak with you today about North Korea’s forced labor enterprise and its state sponsorship of human trafficking. It is an honor and a privilege to have an opportunity to discuss these issues with you today. North Korea’s “Royal Palace Economy” North Korea’s nuclear and missile developments and other military provocations have continued to threaten international peace and security and challenge U.S. foreign and security policy. The Kim regime’s ruthless prevention and suppression of dissent among its population, isolation from the outside world, and denial of fundamental human rights have all worked to undermine peace and security on the Korean peninsula. Meanwhile, the “royal palace economy” (a term coined by HRNK non-resident fellow Kim Kwang-jin) generating hard currency for North Korea’s leaders has continued to enable three generations of Kims to stay in power through, in part, exploitation of its people sent to work overseas. North Korea’s exportation of tens of thousands of workers to foreign countries is an important part of the hard currency generating apparatus employed to sustain the Kim regime and (relatively) one of its more transparent examples of clear human rights violations against its people. Understanding this and the other building blocks of the “royal palace economy” will enable a better discernment of the reasons behind the longevity of the regime. It will also allow for the preparation of more effective sanctions to address th
[06/18/2014] Subcommittee Briefing and Hearing: Human Rights Abuses and Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea: Testimony of Andrew Natsios
While the Committee asked me to focus my remarks on US government policy on human rights abuses in North Korea, I should begin with a description of those abuses and the totalitarian nature of the Pyongyang regime. (My views described here are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of Texas A&M or of the Bush School or of the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea). North Korea remains one of the few surviving Communist states in the world, and the only one of these which continues to resist any serious political or economic reform. Cuba, Vietnam, China, and Laos have all taken steps to privatize sectors of their economy, and given individual citizens small amounts of choice in their private lives, even if they remain authoritarian states.  North Korea is thus in a unique category of its own, a single totalitarian dinosaur remaining of an otherwise virtually extinct species.   See more. 
[03/26/2014] The Shocking Truth about North Korean Tyranny
HRNK Executive Director Greg Scarlatoiu testifies on Capitol Hill: "The Shocking Truth about North Korean Tyranny." 
[03/05/2012] 중국의 탈북자 강제북송
Description: 청문회를 직접 듣고 싶으시면 비디오갤러리(live recording)를 보시기 바랍니다. The Congressional-Executive Commission on China에서 열린 북한인권위원회 공동의장이자 브루킹스연구소의 상임연구원인 로버타 코헨의 중국 북한주민 강제북송에 대한 발표 중국으로 탈출하여 현재 강제북송의 위기를 감수하고 있는 약 30-40명의 북한주민들의 상황을 알리기 위해 이 청문회를 열어주신 것에 북한인권위원회(HRNK)를 대표하여크리스토퍼 스미스 의원과 쉐러드 브라운 상원의원께 감사를 표합니다. 저희는 북한주민들이 자국을 떠나 해외망명을 신청할 기본적 권리를 옹호하고, 중국정부에 강제북송을 중단할 것과 북한피난민들에게 그들이 받아 마땅한 인권과 인도주의적 보호를 제공할 것을 요구하는 것이 당연하다고 생각합니다. 북한과 중국은 다른 국가들과 마찬가지로 북한주민들이 자국을 떠나 해외로 망명할 수 있는 권리와 강제북송되어 위험에 처하지 않을 권리를 보장해야 합니다. 북한의 이러한 특별한 상황은 국내 및 국내사회의 집중을 받고 있습니다. 남한의 이명박 대통령은 공개적으로 강제북송에 반대를 표명한 바 있으며, 박선영 의원은 서울 중국대사관 앞에서 금식투쟁을 벌인 바 있습니다. 18개국이 참여하는 민주주의 의회포럼은 회원국에 이 문제를 정부차원에서 제
[03/05/2012] China’s Repatriation of North Korean Refugees
Please see the video gallery for a live recording of this hearing.  Good afternoon, Chairman Smith, Cochairman Brown, and members of the Commission. On behalf of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, thank you for inviting me to speak with you at this hearing today. Our Committee considers it essential to draw attention to the case of 30 to 40 North Koreans who have been arrested by China and who now risk being forcibly returned to North Korea where they most assuredly will be subjected to severe punishment in violation of international refugee and human rights law. The fundamental right to leave a country, to seek asylum abroad and not to be forcibly returned to conditions of danger are internationally recognized rights which China and North Korea must be obliged to respect.  Mr. Chair, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea is a Washington DC-based non-governmental organization, established in 2001. Our Committee’s main statement has been prepared by Chair Roberta Cohen, who was unable to be here today. I will draw upon that statement in my opening remarks.   Over the past two decades, considerable numbers of North Koreans have risked their lives to cross the border into China. They have done so because of starvation, economic deprivation or political persecution. It is estimated that there are thousands or tens of thousands in China today. Most are vulnerable to forced returns where they will face persecution and punishment because leaving North Korea without permission is a criminal offense. Yet to China, all North Koreans are economic migrants, and over the years, it has forcibly returned tens of thousands to conditions of danger. According to the testimonies and reports received by the Committee for Human Rights, the North Koreans returned to their country endure cruel and inhuman punishment including beatings, torture, detention, forced labor, sexual viole
[04/27/2015] HRNK Report Launch- Arsenal of Terror: North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism
Introductory Remarks:  Suzanne Scholte President, North Korea Freedom Coalition Vice-Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, HRNK Presenter:  Joshua Stanton Author, Arsenal of Terror: North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism Discussants:  Nicholas Eberstadt Harry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute Board of Directors, HRNK     Marcus Noland Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics Board of Directors, HRNK Moderator: Greg Scarlatoiu Executive Director, HRNK Space is limited. Please RSVP to Rosa Park, HRNK Director of Programs, at rosapark@hrnk.org by Thursday, April 23, 2015. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Complimentary copies of the report will
[02/25/2015] Accountability for Serious International Crimes before National and Internationally-Supported Courts: Challenges and Opportuniti
This event, hosted by The War Crimes Research Office will feature David Mandel-Anthony, Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the U.S. Department of State, leading the discussion. For more information, please see the attached flyer, and RSVP to warcrimes@wcl.american.edu.
[02/17/2015] North Korean Human Rights: The Road Ahead
The CSIS Office of the Korea Chair, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Yonsei University Center for Human Liberty invite you to a special conversation:   North Korean Human Rights: The Road Ahead Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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While examining satellite imagery of an area near the North Korean capital city, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and AllSource Analysis, Inc. (ASA) may have come across evidence of a ghastly sight: the public execution of several individuals by anti-aircraft machine gun fire. Please click here to read more. 

On April 27, 2015, HRNK releases their report, Arsenal of Terror: North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism by Joshua Stanton at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Please click here to view the press release.