March 9, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
On Sunday North Korea held its first parliamentary elections under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, successor and son of the late Kim Jong-Il. The elections are held at five-year intervals and are considered more a formality than an actual democratic process, as constituents vote "yes" or "no" for ...[read more]
January 11, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Friday for a UN commission to examine human rights abuses in North Korea. The rights group stated that little has changed within the totalitarian government since Kim Jong-un succeeded his father Kim Jong-il in leading the country one year ago. HRW stated the ...[read more]
August 4, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On August 4, 2009, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il pardoned US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee during a visit from former US president Bill Clinton. The journalists were arrested in March 2009 for allegedly crossing into North Korea while reporting on North Korean defectors and were ...[read more]
January 17, 2012
by Dwyer Arce
JURIST Columnist Edsel Tupaz of Tupaz & Associates says that because there are no effective international legal remedies to Japanese security concerns regarding North Korea, the Japanese must again pursue diplomatic avenues that may prove more successful after the death of Kim Jong-il...In ...[read more]
December 29, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On December 29, 2009, North Korean police detained a US citizen, later confirmed to be human rights activist Robert Park, for illegally entering the country. Park, who was released by authorities after six weeks, had entered the country to protest its human rights record and deliver a letter to ...[read more]
December 19, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Amnesty International (AI) responded Monday to the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il by urging his son and likely successor Kim Jong-un to improve the nation's human rights record. AI warned that reports indicate the exchange in power could forecast new repressions to "crush any possibility ...[read more]
December 29, 2009
by Devin Montgomery
The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) confirmed Tuesday that police have detained a US citizen for illegally entering North Korea. The KCNA did not disclose the identity of the individual, but it is suspected to be US-Korean rights activist Robert Park. A spokesperson for Pax Koreana, a ...[read more]
October 31, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Bruce Klingner: North Korea has repeatedly been cited by the US government, United Nations, and independent human rights groups as one of the most egregious violators of human rights. North Korean citizens face abysmal living conditions, pervasive government surveillance, and a total lack of... ...[read more]
August 4, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il on Tuesday pardoned US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee during a visit from former US president Bill Clinton, according to a state media report. The journalists were arrested in March for allegedly crossing into North Korea while reporting on North Korean ...[read more]
April 9, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore
Officials in North Korea announced Thursday that the country would revise its constitution. The announcement came during a meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) attended by the country's leader, Kim Jong-Il. According to the North Korean state media outlet Korea Central News ...[read more]

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