February 04, 2023

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Ifang Bremer

Ifang Bremer is a Seoul Correspondent at NK News. He has worked on investigations for The Guardian and The Observer and previously wrote features on Korea for Dutch newspaper NRC.

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UN passes resolution condemning North Korean human rights for 18th straight year

UN passes resolution condemning North Korean human rights for 18th straight year

DPRK rejects ‘grave infringement’ as US-led conspiracy to overthrow the Kim Jong Un regime

UN passes resolution condemning North Korean human rights for 18th straight year
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 16, 2022
Drop in North Korean crop output aggravates domestic food shortages: Report

Drop in North Korean crop output aggravates domestic food shortages: Report

ROK researchers blame floods and drought for shortfall, while expert says estimate doesn’t provide full picture

Drop in North Korean crop output aggravates domestic food shortages: Report
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell | Ifang Bremer December 15, 2022
ROK envoy laments domestic politicization of North Korean human rights

ROK envoy laments domestic politicization of North Korean human rights

Lee Shin-wha says left-right ‘divide’ impedes action at Seoul event, as others bemoan lack of attention on DPRK issues

ROK envoy laments domestic politicization of North Korean human rights
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 14, 2022
Malaria cases jump in North Korea for first time in decade: WHO

Malaria cases jump in North Korea for first time in decade: WHO

Despite 23% increase last year, UN agency says the DPRK is still on track to eradicate disease by 2025

Malaria cases jump in North Korea for first time in decade: WHO
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 12, 2022
31 countries call for open Security Council meeting on North Korean human rights

31 countries call for open Security Council meeting on North Korean human rights

UN body has not publicly discussed the issue in over five years following Chinese opposition

31 countries call for open Security Council meeting on North Korean human rights
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 12, 2022
US sanctions North Korean border guards for stopping people from escaping

US sanctions North Korean border guards for stopping people from escaping

New designations to mark Human Rights Day also target foreign companies and individuals tied to DPRK animation firm

US sanctions North Korean border guards for stopping people from escaping
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 10, 2022
Unification ministry seeks power to investigate North Korean defectors

Unification ministry seeks power to investigate North Korean defectors

Proposal follows uproar over Moon administration’s past repatriation of two DPRK fishermen accused of killing crewmates

Unification ministry seeks power to investigate North Korean defectors
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 9, 2022
Seoul issues warning about inadvertently hiring North Korean IT workers

Seoul issues warning about inadvertently hiring North Korean IT workers

Instructions come after DPRK personnel reportedly falsified their identities to secure work on freelancing platforms

Seoul issues warning about inadvertently hiring North Korean IT workers
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 8, 2022
UN humanitarian aid for North Korea plummets to record low of $1.7 million

UN humanitarian aid for North Korea plummets to record low of $1.7 million

Member states' financial commitments in 2022 decline nearly 90% from the year before, UN data shows

UN humanitarian aid for North Korea plummets to record low of $1.7 million
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 7, 2022
European Council renews human rights sanctions on top North Korean officials

European Council renews human rights sanctions on top North Korean officials

Expert says move unlikely to improve situation on the ground but sends important message to Pyongyang

European Council renews human rights sanctions on top North Korean officials
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer December 6, 2022
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