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North Korean Human Rights
Database Center in Seoul, Korea
What It Does and How It Does It

Speech by Sang Hun Kim
       Chairman, Board of Directors
       North Korean Human Rights Database Center

Today, we believe that basic human rights have been denied to the people and all the imaginable atrocities known to humankind have been exhausted in prison camps and all prisons in North Korea behind their closed doors. We are convinced by the preponderance of the latest information that the most abominable and horrifying human rights violations, worse than those of Nazi concentration camps, Soviet gulags, or any others, have been perpetuated in North Korea for decades, massively and systematically.

Today, there are over 11,000 North Korean defectors in South Korea, a tremendous source of fresh information from inside the isolated country. Simultaneously, a great amount of information about crimes against humanity in North Korea has become available in the form of testimonies, news media reports, academic studies, conference papers, and reports by governments and human rights institutes worldwide.

However, such information has been widely scattered and has often failed to receive due attention, making it almost impossible to gain comprehensive knowledge about the crimes taking place in North Korea today.

This is the background of the establishment in Seoul of the North Korea Human Rights Database Center (NKDB) in April, 2004. It has a staff force of 8 administrators and researchers. The objectives of the Center include producing unbiased information regarding North Korean human rights violations in a prompt, systematic and organized ways. Such information includes firsthand witness accounts and testimonies from North Korean scientists, senior army officers and government officials, members of state security agency or police, ex-prisoners, underground Christians, students, farmers, workers and the like.

The Center has to this date collected:

a. 2,224 testimonies through interviews
b. 181 books
c. newspaper articles and reports 1993-2006
d. weeklies and monthlies 1950-2006
e. journals of related institutes 2004-6
f. information that appeared on websites 2005-2006

However, it has encountered a series of problems, one after another, in developing an adequate system of solution to handle the information in an efficient database system. Nevertheless, NKDB has published its first 330-page Annual Report, the Korean version of der Salzgiitter Report, in August 2007. The report shows over 300 tables on all aspects of human rights violations perpetrated in North Korea over the years. We plan to publish 2nd Report in 2008.

Today, I am most pleased to announce to you of availability and service, on request, of database information on situations of human rights in North Korea via:
           nkdb (at) nkdb (dot) org
           tel:  +82-2-723-6045 or
           fax: +82-2-723-6046.

Your support will be greatly appreciated for the continuation of the service NKDB is able to offer to researchers, professors, journalists, human rights activists and those who are interested in the situation of human rights in North Korea. Thank you