North Korea Human Rights Watch (NKHRW) believes that the single most valuable tool in the fight against human rights abuses in North Korea is education. We have determined that student groups have an innate resilience and the necessary energy to advocate for human rights in North Korea. 

NKHRW strives to provide compassionate guidance and opportunities to North Korean defectors through creative educational programming and cultural exchange in the United States.

Cover drawing


Memories of hometown

This drawing is based on memories of hometown told by a North Korean Defector Student. The life in North Korea was hard but there were also happy memories. She wanted to show hope of visiting her home once again when North and South Korea are unified. (Story by Hyang-sook Yu, Drawing by Rae-chan Park)

What are human rights?


What are Human rights? (OHCHR)

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law , general principles and other sources of international law. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

Radio Free Asia


RFA aired a story about NKHRW and USAU to North Korea

Radio Free Asia, Seoul aired three episodes about the event NKHRW sponsored to North Korea. This event was called 'Chung-ah's cooking class' which was held on Dec. 6th, 2019 in Seoul, Korea. North and South Korean students held a cooking class together to learn how to cook famous NK food - INJOKOGI which means artificial meat. Please listen to RFA episodes and enjoy!   

Talmud in Korean


Inside the South Korean Talmud Craze (Orthodox Union)

In South Korea, academic pressures are intense. 83% of 5-year-olds receive private education and at age 18, students take an eight-hour university entrance exam. With so much emphasis on academic excellence, many are turning to chavruta study, the yeshiva methodology in which pairs of students debate and ask each other questions based on the text.