April 23, 2024

Defector Issues

Information related to North Korean defector issues

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans interact with nature?

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans interact with nature?

An escapee writes about the devastation of the DPRK environment and why few people think about conservation

Ask a North Korean: How do North Koreans interact with nature?
Jin March 13, 2024
South Korean pastor arrested in Russia worked with North Korean defectors: NGO

South Korean pastor arrested in Russia worked with North Korean defectors: NGO

Global Love Rice Sharing Foundation says Baek Kwang-soon helped escapees in Far East but denies he engaged in spying

South Korean pastor arrested in Russia worked with North Korean defectors: NGO
Anton Sokolin
Anton Sokolin | Lina Park March 12, 2024
North Korea’s ‘draconian’ COVID response exacerbated humanitarian crisis: Report

North Korea’s ‘draconian’ COVID response exacerbated humanitarian crisis: Report

Human Rights Watch says sealing border had ‘devastating consequences,’ while highlighting adverse impact of sanctions

North Korea’s ‘draconian’ COVID response exacerbated humanitarian crisis: Report
Shreyas Reddy
Shreyas Reddy March 8, 2024
Ask a North Korean: Behind the scenes of wedding shoots for the DPRK’s new rich

Ask a North Korean: Behind the scenes of wedding shoots for the DPRK’s new rich

A former videographer writes about how couples spent days filming videos before crackdown on ‘anti-socialist’ practice

Ask a North Korean: Behind the scenes of wedding shoots for the DPRK’s new rich
Rose March 7, 2024
North Korea’s new unification stance deals another blow to separated families

North Korea’s new unification stance deals another blow to separated families

New policy declaring South Korea an enemy makes reuniting aging relatives tougher, but families still hold out hope

North Korea’s new unification stance deals another blow to separated families
Lina Park
Lina Park March 5, 2024
North Korea in February 2024: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK PRO

North Korea in February 2024: A month in review and what’s ahead

An analytical look at the main developments from February 1, 2024 to February 29, 2024

North Korea in February 2024: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK Pro
NK Pro March 1, 2024
Timeline: From North Korean threats against South to soccer defeat to Japan
NK PRO

Timeline: From North Korean threats against South to soccer defeat to Japan

NK Pro timeline charts the key events from February 1 to February 29, 2024

Timeline: From North Korean threats against South to soccer defeat to Japan
NK Pro
NK Pro March 1, 2024
Some North Koreans from near nuke test site show signs of radiation exposure

Some North Koreans from near nuke test site show signs of radiation exposure

ROK screening of 80 defectors finds quarter have chromosomal abnormalities, but unclear if nuke tests are cause

Some North Koreans from near nuke test site show signs of radiation exposure
Joon Ha Park
Joon Ha Park February 29, 2024
South Korea to designate July 14 as ‘North Korean Defectors’ Day’

South Korea to designate July 14 as ‘North Korean Defectors’ Day’

Escapees welcome move to raise awareness about DPRK issues but express concern day could be politicized

South Korea to designate July 14 as ‘North Korean Defectors’ Day’
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer | Lina Park February 22, 2024
Seoul confirms existence of mass burial site for UN forces in North Korean city

Seoul confirms existence of mass burial site for UN forces in North Korean city

Unification ministry says defectors testified about Korean War graves, a finding that could support remains recovery

Seoul confirms existence of mass burial site for UN forces in North Korean city
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim | Lina Park February 21, 2024
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