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The image of a comatose Otto Warmbier being carried off a plane in the United States in June 2017 offered a glimpse of life – and death – in North Korea. Warmbier was a 22-year-old American university student who died from unexplained injuries sustained…
Security Council members cast their votes in favor of the adoption of the agenda on human rights abuses by North Korea in New York on December 10, 2015.
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to be locked in a downward spiral of irrelevance. Unavailable for public or media appearances, locked out of most of President Trump’s meetings with world leaders, and reportedly uninvolved in most foreign…
2017년 2월 17일 독일 서부 본에 있는 월드컨퍼런스센터에서 열렸던 G20 외교장관 회의에서 렉스 틸러슨 미 국무장관이 본회의와는 별도로 진행된 중국 외교부장(사진에 없음)과의 회의에 참석하기 위해 자리에 앉고 있다.
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North Korea is one of the most repressive countries in the world. But that didn't faze the British YouTube celebrity Louis Cole, a 33-year-old travel blogger with nearly two million subscribers, from jumping onto a guided government tour to try and find…
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The Trouble With Songbun

When Choi Seung Chol was born in North Korea in 1990, his parents believed that they already knew how his life would unfold. The government would feed him and provide him with free housing, education, and health care. In exchange, the authorities would…
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean Children's Union in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.
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Tokyo for years supported a program that condemned many to hell on earth.

(Tokyo) – Kawasaki Eiko, a second-generation ethnic Korean, grew up in economically devastated post-World War II Japan, hearing stories spun by the government in Pyongyang about the possibility of a bright future in North Korea. At age 17, she made the…
UN Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman addresses a news conference on the situation of human rights in North Korea in Geneva on March 16, 2015.
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When Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, the daughter of former president Sukarno, who was one of the two Indonesian founding fathers 70 years ago, announced late last month her plans to give a peace prize to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, most people thought it…
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a winter river-crossing attack drill in the western sector of the front of the Korean People's Army (KPA).
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July 17, International Justice Day, is a reminder both of how difficult it is to bring the people responsible for the world’s worst crimes to justice and of how crucially important it is not to give up.
 
 Over the past two decades, trials for…
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Who says Congress can’t agree on anything? Last week, two extraordinary pieces of legislation moved out of a key committee toward the floor of the U.S. Senate.   The first, an amendment to a contentious trade authorization bill, would prohibit the…
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Sony Pictures’ film The Interview, a comedy featuring actors Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un, has certainly left a raft of disasters in its wake. Leaked emails from a computer…
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Something amazing occurred in Geneva today. For the first time in the history of North Korea’s three-generation totalitarian rule, a U.N. body acknowledged the regime’s massive abuses and invoked U.N. members’ obligations to address them. The U.N. Human…
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Whistleblower Protections, Darfur, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Kuwait, Zimbabwe

[View the story "Human Rights Watch Daily Brief, 18 June 2013" on Storify]
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North Korean defectors, who have staked their lives on escape to freedom, deserve the world's help - claims campaigner

For North Korean defectors fleeing their country, crossing into Laos from China used to mean they were almost out of danger - close to reaching the welcoming embrace of South Korean diplomats in Thailand and, from there, South Korea. Well over 25,000…