Mapping Human Rights Abuses

Download the 2021 Report

English: https://en.tjwg.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Report2021_MappingKillingsUnderKimJong-un.pdf

Korean: https://en.tjwg.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/보고서2021_김정은시기의처형매핑.pdf

December 17, 2021 marks ten years of Kim Jong-un rule. The Seoul-based Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) analyses satellite imagery and interviews with North Korean escapees to examine how state killing practices have shifted in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) under the young leader. North Korea, in response to international criticism, has changed its killing practices, clamping down on potential information leakages by selecting execution sites that are easier to control. The report presents in-depth analysis of identified killing sites in Hyesan City before and after Kim Jong-un took power.

 

The new report, “Mapping Killings under Kim Jong-un: North Korea’s Response to International Pressure,” is based on 6 years of research and 683 escapee interviews documenting and mapping three types of locations connected to human rights violations:

  1. State-sanctioned killing sites;
  2. Sites where the dead are disposed of by the state;
  3. Official locations which may contain documents or other evidence related to these events.

Geographical mapping of sites connected to human rights abuses provides important information that are often not visible in individual interviewee testimonies. The project uses satellite imagery during interviews with North Korean escapees to geolocate sites and applies Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology throughout the research process.

Press Release: [Press Release] TJWG Mapping Killings Under Kim Jong-un

For a visual overview of the report’s key findings, download the infographic below.

English: [Infographics] Mapping Killings Under Kim Jong-un

Korean: [인포그래픽] 김정은시기의처형매핑

 

 

 

Download the 2019 Report

English: [2019 Report] Mapping the Fate of the Dead

Korean: [2019 보고서] 살해 당한 사람들을 위한 매핑

The Transitional Justice Working Group’s 2019 report “Mapping the Fate of the
Dead: Killings and Burials in North Korea” is based on four years of research
(2015-2019) to document and map three types of locations connected to human rights
violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea):
1. State-sanctioned killing sites;
2. Sites where the dead are disposed of by the state;
3. Official locations which may contain documents or other evidence related to these events.

 

 

The project uses satellite imagery during interviews with North Korean escapees to geolocate these sites and applies Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology throughout the research process.

Geographical mapping of sites connected to human rights abuses provides important information about patterns of killing and burial that are often not visible in individual interviewee testimonies.

Download the mapping datasets in .kml and .geojson format: https://drive.google.com/open?id=18Wvcuj_X3dXQdXZnc1a8U8tijsEIqrea

These datasets are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Press Release:[Press Release] TJWG Mapping the Fate of the Dead (June 11, 2019)

 

For a visual overview of the report’s key findings, download the infographic below.

English: [Infographics] Mapping the Fate of the Dead

Korean: [인포그래픽] 살해 당한 사람들을 위한 매핑

 

Download the 2017 Report

English: Mapping Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea

Press Release (English)

Korean: 북한 반인도범죄 매핑

Spanish: Trazando los Crímenes contra la Humanidad en Corea del Norte (TJWG)