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    Prisons of North Korea - Camp 14 Kaechon

    “The guard told the floor manager to cut off my finger, so got on my knees and I begged not to do so but that didn’t work obviously. And, I thought my whole hand was going to cut off, but it was just a finger. So, at that time I was grateful, really grateful to the guard because I was only losing a finger instead of a hand.” – Shin Dong Hyuk

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    Assistant Secretary Malinowski Delivers Keynote Address at Human Rights First Annual Summit

    Citizens are also more empowered because information and ideas can no longer be contained. Because cheap software can defeat the most expensive firewall. Because almost everyone in every part of the world knows how people live everywhere else, enough to see through the lies dictators tell to convince their subjects to be happy. Thus, a democracy movement in Tunisia can raise expectations throughout the Arab world. Ukrainians confronting abuse of power can inspire Russians fed up with the same thing – as Vladimir Putin clearly understands. People in China can see Burmese and Indonesians and, yes, the people of Taiwan, electing their leaders and potentially ask, “why not us?”

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Press Release
Secretary Kerry on Announcement of Cuba Policy Changes
Dec 17, 2014 | Secretary of State John Kerry

Going forward, a critical focus of our increased engagement will continue to be on improving the Cuban Government’s respect for human rights and advocating for democratic reforms within Cuba. Promoting freedom of speech and entrepreneurship and an active civil society will only strengthen Cuban society and help to reintegrate Cuba into the international community....Read More
Fact Sheet
Charting a New Course on Cuba
Dec 17, 2014 | Office of the Press Secretary

A critical focus of our increased engagement will include continued strong support by the United States for improved human rights conditions and democratic reforms in Cuba. The promotion of democracy supports universal human rights by empowering civil society and a person’s right to speak freely, peacefully assemble, and associate, and by supporting the ability of people to freely determine their future. Our efforts are aimed at promoting the independence of the Cuban people so they do not need to rely on the Cuban state....Read More
Remarks
President Obama on Cuba Policy Changes
Dec 17, 2014 | President Barack Obama

The United States believes that no Cubans should face harassment or arrest or beatings simply because they’re exercising a universal right to have their voices heard, and we will continue to support civil society there. While Cuba has made reforms to gradually open up its economy, we continue to believe that Cuban workers should be free to form unions, just as their citizens should be free to participate in the political process....Read More
Article
Prison Camps of North Korea - Camp 16 Hwasong
Dec 15, 2014 | 39.559722,126.079722

The South Korean Human Rights Commission has estimated there are approximately 20,000 prisoners in Camp 16. Some NGOs report that prisoners from Camp 22 may have been transferred to Camp 16 in 2012. ...Read More
Article
Prison Camps of North Korea - Camp 25 Chongjin
Dec 16, 2014 | 39.559722,126.079722

According to NGO reports, the Chongjin political prison camp (Camp 25) covers nearly 247 acres of land in Hamgyong Province and has an estimated population of 5,000 prisoners. Satellite imagery analysis shows that the camp perimeter grew 72 percent between 2009 and 2010....Read More

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