U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

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Group.png U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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HeadquartersWashington DC
Typeaction organizer
Membership• Morton Abramowitz
• Gary Ackerman
• Jaehoon Ahn
• Richard V. Allen
• Lisa Colacurcio
• Abraham Cooper
• John Despres
• Chuck Downs
• Nicholas Eberstadt
• Phil Fishman
• Gordon Flake
• Carl Gershman
• Helen-Louise Hunter
• Fred Charles Iklé
• Steven Kahng
• Mark Kirk
• Helie Lee
• Thai Lee
• James Lilley
• Joseph Pitts
• Samantha Power
• Jack Rendler
• Suzanne Scholte
• John Shattuck
• Stephen J. Solarz
• Roberta Cohen
• Katrina Lantos Swett
• Kevin C. McCann
• Andrew Natsios
• Thomas Barker
• Jerome Cohen
• Jack David
• Robert Joseph
• Stephen Kahng
• Robert King
• Jung-Hoon Lee
• Winston Lord
• David Maxwell
• Marcus Noland
• Jacqueline Pak
• Michael Danby
• Irwin Cotler
• Martin Palous
• Markus Meckel
• Matyas Eorsi
• Masaharu Nakagawa
• Vytautas Landsbergis
• Rinchinnyam Amarjargal
• Tae-hoon Kim
• Young-ho Kim
• Garry Kasparov
• Natasa Kandic
• Martin Butora
• Maria Leissner
• Vitit Muntarbhorn
• Lord David Alton
• Edward Mcmillan-Scott
• Jae H. Ku
• Jared Genser

The U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) "is a bi-partisan, 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] in the context of the U.S. drive for regime change and advanced invasion plans for country.

Gulag Report

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.

Using South Korean activist groups and commercial satellite imagery, they claimed North Korea had a large number of political (as opposed to criminal) prisoners imprisoned in a prison camp system. This is use of 'open source' intelligence, made so infamous by Bellingcat and White Helmets, where information from groups with a strong agenda (the Seoul-based Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights) is whitewashed and made more credible by being quoted as unbiased sources. Grainier commercial satellite photos is preferred over military satellite photos, firstly to not let sharper images and analysis ruin the impressions created, and secondly to give the U.S. military and intelligence services cleaner hands if false or incorrect information should be exposed.

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.
"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.


In April 2015, HRNK and AllSource Analysis, Inc. discovered what they claimed to be a commercial (i.e. not high resolution) satellite image of an execution by anti-aircraft machine guns at the Kanggon Military Training Center outside of Pyongyang. The report on this sensationalist finding, “Unusual Activity at the Kanggon Military Training Area in North Korea: Evidence of Execution by Anti-aircraft Machine Guns?,” garnered significant media attention, including coverage by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. The authors also spread to media reports from South Korean groups of the executions of two generals and an unknown number of artists by anti-aircraft machine gun in 2013. These claims have not been corroborated by any other information.


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