NK Watch demands Transitional Justice Working Group to delete personal data of victims of North Korean human rights violations (2021/02/10)

Dear NK Watch donors and North Korean human rights activists of the international community,

NK Watch found out on January 28 from news reports that the Transitional Justice Working Group (hereafter TJWG) had publicized the personal data of victims of North Korean human rights violations through the TJWG’s website ‘FOOTFRINTS.’

NK Watch’s investigation found that these data included the information from 125 of NK Watch’s witnesses that had shared their experience about North Korean human rights violations with NK Watch. Information including about their families currently residing in North Korea had been released by TJWG without prior notice or consent from the affected individuals.

Concerned that TJWG’s action could put not only the victims but also the witnesses at further risk, NK Watch sent the certification of contents to the TJWG on February 9th, 2021. The certification included requests, such as the immediate deletion of unauthorized publication of personal information on TJWG’s FOOTPRINTS.More detailed information about this procedure is included in the attached public statement.

February 10, 2021

NK Watch