January 21, 2022

Human Security / Human Rights

Information related to human security / human rights in North Korea

The week in North Korean state media: A review of Jan. 7 to Jan. 13
NK PRO

The week in North Korean state media: A review of Jan. 7 to Jan. 13

An analytical look at the latest hypersonic missile test, possible changes to COVID-19 controls and more

The week in North Korean state media: A review of Jan. 7 to Jan. 13
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung January 13, 2022
UN food program unable to provide aid to hungry North Koreans since March 2021

UN food program unable to provide aid to hungry North Koreans since March 2021

World Food Program says DPRK’s pandemic measures remain ‘key challenge,’ as country appears to face food shortages

UN food program unable to provide aid to hungry North Koreans since March 2021
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim January 12, 2022
Disgraced ex-president uses North Korea issues to rebrand as champion of freedom

Disgraced ex-president uses North Korea issues to rebrand as champion of freedom

Park Geun-hye’s team picked several letters from defectors praising the former South Korean leader for bestselling book

Disgraced ex-president uses North Korea issues to rebrand as champion of freedom
James Fretwell
James Fretwell January 10, 2022
North Korea hints at more ‘advanced’ COVID policy after years of tight controls

North Korea hints at more ‘advanced’ COVID policy after years of tight controls

State media says policy to be ‘people-oriented’ and less reliant on regulations, but offers few specifics

North Korea hints at more ‘advanced’ COVID policy after years of tight controls
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim January 10, 2022
Unification ministry refutes report that 771 defectors have fled South Korea

Unification ministry refutes report that 771 defectors have fled South Korea

Seoul says fraction of that number has emigrated to third country, amid concerns over North Korean defectors’ well-being

Unification ministry refutes report that 771 defectors have fled South Korea
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim January 10, 2022
UNICEF says aid has cleared North Korea quarantine, on its way for distribution

UNICEF says aid has cleared North Korea quarantine, on its way for distribution

The items were released after being stuck in DPRK port city for more than two months of quarantine

UNICEF says aid has cleared North Korea quarantine, on its way for distribution
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim January 7, 2022
The week in North Korean state media: A review of Dec. 28 to Jan. 6
NK PRO

The week in North Korean state media: A review of Dec. 28 to Jan. 6

An analytical look at the party plenum, hypersonic missile launch, new cartoons from a sanctioned studio and more

The week in North Korean state media: A review of Dec. 28 to Jan. 6
Seung-Yeon Chung
Seung-Yeon Chung January 6, 2022
North Korean defectors struggle most with work, education, mental health: Survey

North Korean defectors struggle most with work, education, mental health: Survey

Unification ministry finds many experience ‘emotional and psychological’ difficulties living in South Korea

North Korean defectors struggle most with work, education, mental health: Survey
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim January 6, 2022
4 flights, 63 defectors and 670K barrels of oil: North Korea’s 2021 in numbers
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4 flights, 63 defectors and 670K barrels of oil: North Korea’s 2021 in numbers

Data tells the story of a year in which DPRK retreated even further inward as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on

4 flights, 63 defectors and 670K barrels of oil: North Korea’s 2021 in numbers
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell January 5, 2022
New Year’s border crosser showed signs he would redefect to North Korea: Police

New Year’s border crosser showed signs he would redefect to North Korea: Police

Man reportedly experienced ‘longing for home’ and ‘maladjustment’ after struggling to adapt to life in South Korea

New Year’s border crosser showed signs he would redefect to North Korea: Police
Chaewon Chung
Chaewon Chung January 4, 2022