U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

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The U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) "is a bi-partisan, not-for-profit human rights organization that has obtained 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Launched in 2001, the Committee was created to generate a broad base of interest about conditions in North Korea and to conduct and publish research focusing U.S. and world attention on human rights abuse in that country." [1]

Officers and Directors



In 2003 they published a report titled "The Hidden Gulag: Exposing North Korea’s Prison Camps Prisoners’ Testimonies and Satellite Photographs" that was authored by David Hawk.

The Acknowledgments of this report read:

"The U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea expresses its deep appreciation to the Seoul-based Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (Citizens’ Alliance) and the Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights (NKnet) for arranging interviews in South Korea. An additional interview was arranged by Pnan, a refugee assistance group. The Committee also owes a debt of gratitude to the many North Korean former prisoners for their patience during the painstaking process of collecting information for this report, and for their courage for speaking out.
"Obtaining the satellite images for this report would not have been possible without the support of DigitalGlobe, a spatial imaging and information company based in the United States. The Committee expresses its deep appreciation for DigitalGlobe’s support, and for its important contributions in the field of satellite imaging.
"This project has been made possible by the combined efforts of many talented and committed people. Highest appreciation goes to Matthew McKinzie, Sujin Hwang, Jason Slemons, and Tom Cochran of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy organization, for their technical expertise related to the satellite photographic images. The Committee is indebted to Benjamin Yoon and Young Ja Kim of the Citizens’ Alliance, and Howard Young of NKnet for their help, particularly in connection with the Glossary of Repression. Special thanks go to Hae Young Lee of the Citizens’ Alliance for her invaluable assistance in reviewing the plethora of maps and satellite photographs with former North Korean prisoners, and for serving as skilled intermediary, translator, and fact-checker. Louisa Coan Greve’s thoughtful review of the preliminary drafts of the report has greatly enhanced the finished product. Appreciation goes to the anonymous reviewers, and to Erin Sawaya for a range of assistance." [1]


Web: http://www.hrnk.org
  1. The Hidden Gulag, U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, accessed April 16, 2008.