February 06, 2023

Are human rights really improving in North Korea?

A response to Lankov's recent column on human rights, by Greg Scarlatiou – Executive Director of HRNK

As executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), I highly appreciate the attention Professor Andrei Lankov has paid to our reports and other activities, including the most recent report by David Hawk.

On page 13 of his latest report, David Hawk states: “Over the course of almost sixty years since Kim Il-sung firmly and brutally monopolized political power in the late 1950s, various prison camps were set up, operated for a decade or so, and then closed. The prisoner population would transfer to a different area, opening up a new prison camp or enlarging an existing prison camp.”