January 21, 2022

Human Security / Human Rights

Information related to human security / human rights in North Korea

‘Death to America’ and disinfection dance feature in North Korean kids concert

‘Death to America’ and disinfection dance feature in North Korean kids concert

Annual performance promotes pandemic measures, redemption for wayward youth and other propaganda lines for new year

‘Death to America’ and disinfection dance feature in North Korean kids concert
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko January 4, 2022
A foreign media failure? Evaluating 10 years of the AP bureau in Pyongyang

A foreign media failure? Evaluating 10 years of the AP bureau in Pyongyang

Journalists and experts say access has worsened, but most insist that on-the-ground reporting remains valuable

A foreign media failure? Evaluating 10 years of the AP bureau in Pyongyang
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 4, 2022
Opening the first US news bureau in North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep. 216
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Opening the first US news bureau in North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep. 216

Jean Lee discusses the advantages and hurdles to doing journalism in the DPRK, working with local staff and more

Opening the first US news bureau in North Korea – NKNews Podcast Ep. 216
Jacco Zwetsloot
Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News January 4, 2022
North Korea in December 2021: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK PRO

North Korea in December 2021: A month in review and what’s ahead

An analytical look at the main developments from December 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021

North Korea in December 2021: A month in review and what’s ahead
NK Pro
NK Pro January 3, 2022
North Korea claims zero COVID infections, with total tested just shy of 50,000

North Korea claims zero COVID infections, with total tested just shy of 50,000

Data from World Health Organization shows DPRK newly tested around 1,500 North Koreans from Dec. 9 to 23

North Korea claims zero COVID infections, with total tested just shy of 50,000
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim January 3, 2022
Timeline: From Kim’s plenum speech to updated plans for war with North Korea
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Timeline: From Kim’s plenum speech to updated plans for war with North Korea

NK Pro timeline charts the key events from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31

Timeline: From Kim’s plenum speech to updated plans for war with North Korea
NK Pro
NK Pro January 3, 2022
High-profile defector returned to North Korea across heavily guarded border: MND

High-profile defector returned to North Korea across heavily guarded border: MND

Defense ministry identifies man who crossed into DPRK on New Year’s as ‘presumably’ a redefector, but denies he is a spy

High-profile defector returned to North Korea across heavily guarded border: MND
Chaewon Chung
Chaewon Chung January 3, 2022
Expert round-up: What to make of North Korea’s New Year’s plenum readout

Expert round-up: What to make of North Korea’s New Year’s plenum readout

Kim Jong Un revealed little about foreign policy and military plans for 2022, while prioritizing agriculture

Expert round-up: What to make of North Korea’s New Year’s plenum readout
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Chaewon Chung January 1, 2022
Plenum’s agriculture focus suggests dire food shortages in North Korea: analysts

Plenum’s agriculture focus suggests dire food shortages in North Korea: analysts

Issues tied to domestic food supply featured prominently at party meeting, a possible sign of major economic problems

Plenum’s agriculture focus suggests dire food shortages in North Korea: analysts
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Chaewon Chung January 1, 2022
Kim Jong Un’s plenum speech displays striking lack of new economic ideas
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Kim Jong Un’s plenum speech displays striking lack of new economic ideas

North Korea is prioritizing central control, rolling back reforms in ways that hurt markets and economic autonomy

Kim Jong Un’s plenum speech displays striking lack of new economic ideas
Peter Ward
Peter Ward January 1, 2022