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UN Human Rights Council Should Press for Accountability

Last week, the United Nations published a new report concluding that the North Korean government continues to commit rights violations that may amount to crimes against humanity. The report, by the UN Office of the High…
A North Korean soldier stands guard at the entrance of a women’s prison near Chongsong, North Korea, May 31, 2009.
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Item 4 Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the DPRK

Human Rights Watch thanks Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana for his work on human rights in North Korea, and in particular his attention to abuses against women documented in his latest report. Sex and gender-based discrimination and subordination of…
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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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Human Rights Council Seat Demands Greater Leadership

(Sydney) – The Australian government should make the protection of human rights a central focus of its foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the recently reappointed Foreign Minister Marise Payne that was released today. …
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Women Tell Their Stories

Abortion in all instances, including rape, is illegal in Honduras. Any woman who has an abortion, and anyone found to have helped her, can be charged with a crime and imprisoned. For that reason, La Línea (“The Line”) was a rare resource in…
Lorena (a pseudonym) was unaware she was pregnant when she went to a hospital in intense pain two years ago. Doctors suspected she had attempted an abortion and called the police. She was taken from the hospital in handcuffs and is now facing charges.
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Cristina Alvarado is a social worker and part of the national coordination team of Movimiento de Mujeres por la Paz “Visitación Padilla” (Movement of Women for Peace “Visitacion Padilla”).
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Forced Return Exposes Them to Risk of Torture, Other Abuses

(New York) – China should not forcibly deport seven detained North Koreans who face a grave risk of torture and other abuses if returned to North Korea, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should grant asylum to the members of the group…
Pedestrians walk by a statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong outside the railway station in the Chinese city of Dandong bordering North Korea in northeastern China's Liaoning Province, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.
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Interactive Dialogue under item 4 with Special Rapporteur on DPRK

Human Rights Watch would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, for his ongoing work to address gross and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea. The last year has…
201801wr_northkorea_human_rights   North Korean leader Kim Jong-un participates in the opening of the 5th Conference of Cell Chairpersons of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central New
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  Summary Oh Jung Hee is a former trader in her forties from Ryanggang province. She sold clothes to market stalls in Hyesan city and was involved in the distribution of textiles in her province. She said that up until she left the country in…
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Impunity for Assault and Rape by Men in Power

North Korean officials commit sexual violence with little concern for the consequences, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government fails to investigate and prosecute complaints, or to provide protection and…
Woman being questioned by a secret police investigator. Former detainees say that secret police investigators can easily harass female detainees during questioning.
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North Korean officials commit sexual violence with little concern for the consequences. The government fails to investigate and prosecute complaints, or to provide protection and services to victims, and even asserts that the country is implausibly free…
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33rd session of the UPR

This submission is presented on behalf of 1969 KAL Abductees' Families Association, South Korea Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de América Latina (CADAL), Argentina Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Database Center for North Korean Human…
201801asia_northkorea_wr2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un participates in the opening of the 5th Conference of Cell Chairpersons of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agen
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Discussion in Geneva Spotlights Child Labor, Media, Markets, and Accountability

(Geneva) – North Korean escapees and criminal justice experts will offer a rare view of pervasive human rights violations in everyday life in North Korea during a side event at the United Nations Human Rights Council session this week,…
Tomas Ojea Quintana, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, attends a news conference after his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, March 12, 2018.
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Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Human Rights Watch thanks Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana for his work on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We welcome his continued support to advance accountability for gross and systematic human rights…
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Subject: HRC Member States should support strong measures to advance accountability for rights abuses in North Korea Dear Colleague, We write to urge continued support for strong measures in the resolution on the Democratic People’s…
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Lawmakers Set to Discuss Loosening Notoriously Strict Anti-Abortion Law

This week, lawmakers in Honduras will have the chance to allow some women access to abortion, reversing restrictions first imposed more than 30 years ago. Under the current law, terminating a pregnancy is illegal and carries a heavy prison sentence,…
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Human Rights Council Opens Door to Prosecution Strategies

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council has brought North Korea another step closer to accountability for human rights crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. A resolution, passed without a vote on March 24, 2017, strengthens the…
Tomás Ojea Quintana, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 13, 2017.
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Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Item 4

Human Rights Watch welcomes Tomas Ojea Quintana to his new role as Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We thank him for his comprehensive report, and welcome his endorsement of the recommendations…
Soldiers walk under pictures of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at the capital's main ceremonial square after a mass rally and parade on May 10, 2016.