December 11, 2019

After the Shin Dong-hyuk affair: Separating fact, fiction
Human rights activists must encourage accurate, honest stories from escapees, not harmful exaggerations
For the last two weeks North Korea watchers have been much pre-occupied with what can be described as the “Shin Dong-hyuk affair.” At least some suspicions had been confirmed when Shin suddenly admitted what many had hitherto suspected: he did not spend most of his life in the total control zone of the notorious Camp 14; rather, Shin was an inmate of the more liberal Camp 18 (at least for a