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June 17, 2024

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Martin Weiser

Martin Weiser received his MA from Korea University in 2014 with a thesis explaining North Korea’s changing human rights policy. He has continued researching North Korea’s political history as an independent researcher since then. His writings have appeared on SinoNK and in 2018 an article on the country’s legal system appeared in the European Journal of Korean Studies.

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How the world may have missed out on seeing North Korea’s prison camps in person
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How the world may have missed out on seeing North Korea’s prison camps in person

DPRK twice looked set to invite Amnesty International, but distrust thwarted chance to learn more about rights abuses

How the world may have missed out on seeing North Korea’s prison camps in person
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 7, 2023
Hardliner returns at North Korean plenum, hinting at inter-Korean policy changes
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Hardliner returns at North Korean plenum, hinting at inter-Korean policy changes

Key leadership event sees relatively few promotions and demotions, despite Kim Yong Chol’s appointment to adviser role

Hardliner returns at North Korean plenum, hinting at inter-Korean policy changes
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 20, 2023
Secrecy surrounding North Korea’s upcoming plenum points to big changes afoot
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Secrecy surrounding North Korea’s upcoming plenum points to big changes afoot

State media did not disclose Politburo meeting to discuss plans for plenum, a sign of major leadership changes in past

Secrecy surrounding North Korea’s upcoming plenum points to big changes afoot
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 30, 2023
How North Korea wielded the law against violators of pandemic controls
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How North Korea wielded the law against violators of pandemic controls

Legislative changes show how regime ramped up punishments as it struggled to bring citizens into compliance with rules

How North Korea wielded the law against violators of pandemic controls
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 12, 2023
Why Kim Jong Un is shunning visits to his father and grandfather’s shrine
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Why Kim Jong Un is shunning visits to his father and grandfather’s shrine

North Korean leader did not pay respects at Kumsusan on Kim Il Sung’s birthday, amid signs he’s downplaying predecessors

Why Kim Jong Un is shunning visits to his father and grandfather’s shrine
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 19, 2023
North Korean website appears to block searches for Kim Jong Un’s daughter

North Korean website appears to block searches for Kim Jong Un’s daughter

DPRK Today also deleted posts about someone with name Ju Ae in sign leadership sees big role for young girl

North Korean website appears to block searches for Kim Jong Un’s daughter
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 14, 2023
North Korea continues crackdown on foreign music, outside information, and porn
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North Korea continues crackdown on foreign music, outside information, and porn

Fans of K-pop and other South Korean content continue to risk life imprisonment and hard labor, new law shows

North Korea continues crackdown on foreign music, outside information, and porn
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 6, 2023
North Korean meeting on food shortages reshuffles farming officials
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North Korean meeting on food shortages reshuffles farming officials

Agriculture and construction took center stage at latest plenum, which excluded top officials and military commanders

North Korean meeting on food shortages reshuffles farming officials
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser March 9, 2023
North Korea overhauls laws on drug use, private wealth and rape
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North Korea overhauls laws on drug use, private wealth and rape

Legal changes outline new crimes and punishment but promote leniency for even worst offenders who repent

North Korea overhauls laws on drug use, private wealth and rape
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 27, 2023
New military promotions appear to underscore North Korea’s focus on missiles
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New military promotions appear to underscore North Korea’s focus on missiles

Recently revealed ICBM units may have new commanders, while Politburo Presidium member a conspicuous no-show at parade

New military promotions appear to underscore North Korea’s focus on missiles
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 14, 2023
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