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Kim Jong Un Uses Pandemic to Further Isolate Population

(New York, January 13, 2021) – North Korea’s government used unnecessary and opaque Covid-19 restrictions in 2020 to reinforce its standing as one of the world’s most repressive countries, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2021. Under…
Kim Song Ju Primary school students have their temperatures checked before entering the school in Pyongyang, North Korea. 
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Summary In late 2014, police officers entered the home of Lim Ok Kyung, a smuggler in her forties from North Korea’s South Hwanghae province. The police were looking for, and found, home appliances smuggled from China. Lim Ok Kyung was detained at a…
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Torture, Lack of Due Process, Arbitrary Punishment, Corruption Rampant

(Seoul) – The North Korean pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary and lacks any semblance of due process, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Former detainees described systematic torture, dangerous and unhygienic…
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Re: Protecting Human Rights in Australia’s Foreign Policy

Dear Minister Payne, Congratulations on your reappointment as foreign minister. Human Rights Watch looks forward to working with you to make protection of human rights a strong pillar of Australia’s foreign policy. We attach a…
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June 6, 2018   Kim Jong Un Chairman, State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Building of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Pyongyang  Democratic People’s Republic of…
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Press North Korea to Engage With UN Special Rapporteur, Allow Country Visit

(Seoul) – South Korea should raise the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) during the April 27 summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Human Rights…
South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 99th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul, South Korea, March 1, 2018. REUTERS
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Government Denies Child Rape and Sexual Abuse

(Seoul) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child should press the North Korean government to protect children who are victims of sexual abuse and harassment, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 20, 2017, as part…
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Fleeing North Koreans Require Assistance and Urgent Protection

(Seoul) – China should immediately disclose the whereabouts of eight North Korean refugees currently detained in China, publicly pledge that none of them will be returned to North Korea, and provide them with asylum or allow departure to a third country…
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Submission to UN Children’s Committee Highlights Exploitation, Abuse

(Seoul) – The North Korean government should immediately stop exploiting school children by forcing them to work, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing its submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The submission details…
Kim Jong-un attends a performance of school children to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Korean Children's Union (KCU) in Pyongyang in June 2016.
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Forced Labor and Discrimination Will Top Child Rights Committee Briefing

(Geneva) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child should press the North Korean government to end the exploitation of children through forced labor and discrimination, Human Rights Watch and three Korean nongovernmental organizations said…
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China and Laos Put Nine North Koreans, Including Children, at Risk of Torture, Imprisonment

(New York) – North Korea should immediately reveal the whereabouts and well-being of nine North Korean refugees who were forced back to Pyongyang from Beijing on May 28 according to media reports, Human Rights Watch said today, emphasizing that the…
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The stories of lives destroyed by the Sichuan earthquake captivated sympathetic TV audiences all over the world. Naturally, much aid and goodwill is pouring into the region. It's been heartbreaking to watch parents who lost their children, and children…
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Denied Status, Denied Education Children of North Korean Women in China I. Map of Northeast China © 2008 John…
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But on Last Day of Session, Commission Fails to Address Significantly Rights Crisis in Sudan

(Geneva) – The U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which concluded its annual six-week session in Geneva today, appointed a monitor to investigate the human rights situation in Sudan, even though it failed to condemn the government for massive abuses and…