About NK Watch

 

Registered in the Ministry of Unification in South Korea, NK Watch was founded in 2003 by survivors of North Korean political prison camps. NK Watch works to raise awareness throughout the world?on the public execution, ruthless torture and beating, sexual violence, famine, disease, forced labor, and many more egregious human rights violations taking place in North Korea, particularly in political prison camps. Ultimately, NK Watch aims to help end the human rights violations and restore the rights and freedoms of the people in North Korea.

Objective

Democratization

NK Watch aims to democratize North Korea so that people in North Korea, who are oppressed under the dictatorship, can have freedom.

Improvement of Human Rights

NK Watch aims to bring freedom and human rights to people in North Korea.

Unification of Korea

NK Watch prepares unification of North and South Korea as North Korea becomes democratic country.

History of NK Watch

Jun 3, 2003

NK Watch was first founded under the name of ‘Free NK Gulag’

Jul 18, 2004

Attended the 1st Annual International Convention for North Korea Human Rights in Washington D.C.

Oct 28, 2004

Published the ‘Forgotten Names’ a list for the release of 617 political prisoners trapped in North Korean prison camps

May 31, 2005

Attended the 61st UN Commission on Human Rights in North Korea

Feb 19, 2008

Participated in the movement against the repatriation of 22 defectors to Hwanghae Province, North Korea

Nov 5, 2009

Visited the International Criminal Court to prepare for lawsuit against Kim Jong-il

Feb 23, 2010

Sent a request letter for the inspection of crimes against humanity to a prosecutor of the International Criminal Court with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon

Nov 22, 2011

Published the book Investigation of the Actual Conditions of North Korean defectors in China

Jul 1, 2012

Sent letters and materials related to North Korean human rights to the UN Secretary-General, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, and participants of Freedom House

Aug, 20, 2013

Participated in the public hearing of UN Commission of Inquiry and gave testimony

May 1,2014

Changed the organization name to NK Watch

March, 2015

Attended the UN Human Rights Council and had a press conference on human rights in North Korea at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland

Nov, 2015

Held the 1st ‘We love Korea: Sing for Unification’ music festival

March, 2016

Attended the UN Human Rights Council and held a meeting with Special Rapporteur on DPRK at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland

Sep 3, 2016

Held the 2nd ‘We love Korea: Sing for Unification’ music festival

Sep, 2016

Filmed a video exposing the reality of human rights in North Korea, titled ‘Please Listen to Our Voice’

Dec 9, 2016

Visited the International Crimina Court to submit complaints against those responsible for crimes against humanity in North Korea including Kim Jong-un

March, 2017

Attended the 34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council and delivered a NGO speech on human rights in North Korea at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland

April, 2017

Held conferences and seminars on human rights in North Korea in cooperation with SARAM, the German NGO, in Berlin, Germany

May 30, 2017

Held a meeting with the Honourable Michael Kirby, a former Judge of the High Court of Australia

Sep 14, 2017

Held the 3rd ‘We love Korea: Sing for Unification’ music festival

Dec, 2017

Published the ‘UN Petitions 2017’

March 12, 2018

Attended the 37th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council and held meetings with UN Working Groups on human rights at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland

March 20, 2018

Released a music video on the unification of two Koreas, titled ‘The Coming of Unification’

October 4, 2018

Completed a joint submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review of the DPRK