North Korea

Residents protest failure to deliver on housing in Ryanggang Province

Despite the strict prohibition of independent gatherings, in November 2018, local residents in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province began to protest after promises made to them around their housing failed to materialise. Read more

Residents protest failure to deliver on housing in Ryanggang Province

Issue of 2.6 million modern day slaves should be raised as part of diplomatic talks, says NGO

According to a report released by the Walk Free Foundation in Australia in July 2018, more than 2.6 million people live under modern slavery under the Kim Jong-Un regime, with an estimated 130,000 civilians being held in prison camps for “political crimes”. Read more

Issue of 2.6 million modern day slaves should be raised as part of diplomatic talks, says NGO

Despite diplomatic talks civic space remains closed in North Korea

Despite the pressure and mobilization of civil society and other stakeholders, neither the Panmunjom Declaration signed by the two Koreas or the joint statement issued by US and North Koreain Singapore, mentioned the issue of human rights and there has been no shift in the dire human rights situation in the country. Read more

Despite diplomatic talks civic space remains closed in North Korea

Special Rapporteur highlights increasing restrictions on access to information

The Special Rapporteur in his March 2018 report raised concerns on increased restrictions to freedom of thought and conscience and access to information Read more

Special Rapporteur highlights increasing restrictions on access to information

Attempts to circumvent state censorship and surveillance to access news from South Korea

There is a strict system of censorship and surveillance to restrict freedom of information both from within the country and with the outside world. Despite this North Koreans have found creative ways to bypass media censorship Read more

Attempts to circumvent state censorship and surveillance to access news from South Korea

Smugglers offer information to North Koreans deprived of alternative media

Widely recognised as one of the most repressive states for civic freedoms in the world, where all avenues for dissent are meticulously controlled by authorities in North Korea. Despite this, a few brave activists still attempt to smuggle in banned media from South Korea. Read more

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Smugglers offer information to North Koreans deprived of alternative media

North Korea crowned worst in the world for freedom of expression

In this year's Freedom of the Press 2017, international CSO Freedom House ranked North Korea as the worst performing in the "not free" category. Similarly, Reporters Without Borders' annual World Press Freedom Index ranked North Korea in last place out of 180 assessed countries Read more

North Korea crowned worst in the world for freedom of expression

North Korean authorities control citizens through mandatory self-criticism sessions

It has recently been reported that the North Korean government has ordered its citizens to participate in self-criticism sessions throughout January. Read more

North Korean authorities control citizens through mandatory self-criticism sessions

Evidence of unrelenting religious persecution in North Korea

On 10th November, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) published its 2016 white paper on religious freedom in North Korea. Read more

Evidence of unrelenting religious persecution in North Korea

UN resolution condemns North Korea's atrocious human rights record

On 31st October, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Third Committee tabled a ten page resolution on the human rights situation in North Korea. Read more

UN resolution condemns North Korea's atrocious human rights record