November 11, 2020
North Korea Cracks Down on Local Markets, Overseas Defectors
By Gabriela Bernal
As COVID-19 continues to hamstring the economy, North Koreans grow increasingly desperate – and the government moves to keep everything under tight control.
July 28, 2020
North Korea Locks Down Kaesong Over Suspected COVID-19 Case
By Associated Press
If confirmed, it would be the country’s first official case – and Pyongyang is already gearing up to blame Seoul.
January 13, 2020
China Tightens Grips on North Korean Defectors
By Tae-jun Kang
Arrests of North Korean defectors in China are up, even while Beijing moves to control North Korean propaganda within the Great Firewall.
May 19, 2018
What Do North Korean Defectors Think of the Recent Peninsula Diplomacy?
By Clint Work
Getting a sense of what an under-represented constituency might think of the North Korean overtures.
November 25, 2017
North Korean Soldier Makes Dramatic Defection Across the DMZ
By Hyunmin Michael Kang
South Korea’s loudspeaker broadcasting system, pumping K-Pop northward, may have played a role in the man’s defection.
February 14, 2017
Don't Forget the Treatment of North Korean Defectors
By John Hemmings and Talia Jessener
With all the outrage over Trump's refugee ban, where is the anger over Russia and China's treatment of North Koreans?
November 04, 2016
North Korean Defectors: Floods More Damaging Than the World Thinks
By John Power
North Korean defectors believe official figures far underreport the scale of the disaster.
January 15, 2016
North Korean Defectors to South Hit 13-Year Low
By John Power
The number of North Korean defectors reaching the South has declined severely since Kim Jong-un took power.
March 16, 2015
Human Trafficking Thrives Where Rule of Law Ends
By Olivia Enos
Solving Asia’s enormous human trafficking problem will require trained law enforcement and non-corrupt judicial systems.
January 21, 2015
Truth, Human Rights, and Shin Dong-hyuk: A Moment for Consideration
By Steven Denney
The ramifications of a prominent North Korean defector admitting parts of his life story were fabricated.
January 08, 2015
Murders Strain Frayed China-North Korea Ties
By Ankit Panda
A North Korean army defector killed four Chinese citizens in a border town.
December 10, 2014
The Strange Tale of Yeonmi Park
By Mary Ann Jolley
A high-profile North Korean defector has harrowing stories to tell. But are they true?