June 02, 2023


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.


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

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserMay 30, 2023

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

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserMay 12, 2023

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

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserApril 19, 2023

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

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserApril 14, 2023

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

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserApril 6, 2023

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

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserMarch 9, 2023

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

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserFebruary 27, 2023

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

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserFebruary 14, 2023

Vast new trove of North Korean laws shines light on developments in country

Texts acquired by ROK spy agency underscore construction push and greatly expand knowledge of legal system

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 31, 2023

North Korea’s parliament introduces first new speaker in nearly 2 years

Delayed appointment at recent Supreme People’s Assembly session may reflect crisis, while Kim Yo Jong notably absent

Martin WeiserMartin WeiserJanuary 25, 2023
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