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Center for North Korean Human Rights Records

Center for North Korean Human Rights Records

1. Purpose

The Center for North Korean Human Rights Records was launched to collect and record information with the aim of improving human rights situation of the North Korean people based on Article 13 of the North Korean Human Rights Act.

2. Main Functions

Conduct investigation and research on human rights in North Korea

Work on matters concerning the human rights of Korean War prisoners, detained abductees in North Korea, and separated families.

Collect, study, record and publish data and information on North Korean human rights

Verify cases of human rights violations in North Korea (Records involving cases of human rights violations are transferred to the North Korean Human Rights Documentation Office of the Ministry of Justice)

Main Functions

3. Main Tasks

A. Conduct investigation and research on human rights in North Korea

Research the overall human rights situation and specific cases of human rights violations in North Korea through questionnaire surveys of and in-depth interviews with North Korean defectors at Hanawon (Settlement Support Center for North Korean Refugees) Conduct accurate and systematic surveys in cooperation with other agencies and through an advisory group of experts from the private sector

B. Publish a report on the human rights situation in North Korea and hold a briefing session

Publish and distribute a report on human rights violations to make the human rights situation in North Korea widely known. Hold a briefing session on the human rights situation in North Korea at the time of publication of an annual report in order to help people grasp the situation more accurately

C. Collect written resources and information

Gather written sources and information related to North Korean human rights at home and abroad, as well as first-hand investigation, to better grasp the actual state of affairs in North Korea.