Asia

North Korea 2017

Advancing Human Rights and Democracy Education for Defector Youth

Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights

 $220,000

To bring international attention to the human rights situation in North Korea and to promote awareness among South Koreans about North Korea. The grantee will advocate for human rights in North Korea at the United Nations, organize an international conference on North Korea in Asia, and provide democratic civic education to North Korean defector youth.

 

Creating Political Space Through Private Markets

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $199,929

To enhance the availability of information on entrepreneurship and free markets in North Korea. The center will expand and refine its digital economic library in ways that reflect ongoing changes in North Korea’s informal markets and the current needs of market operators, and will supplement its distribution strategy. 

 

Daily Internet Newspaper

The Daily NK

 $250,000

To raise awareness and understanding of the situation in North Korea by disseminating accurate, timely, and relevant news and information about North Korea. The project will produce an online newspaper serving readers in South Korea and the international community, and will provide training to North Koreans working as citizen journalists as well as ongoing professional development for its regionally based correspondents and stringer reporters.

 

Daily Radio Broadcast to North Korea

Unification Media Group

 $335,000

To support the free flow of information in North Korea. A daily radio program will provide news, features, in-depth analysis on current affairs and issues and human rights and civic education programs to the North Korean public. The group will also organize an international conference with activists from other closed societies to share experiences and plan future collaboration to expand the free flow of information.

 

Daily Radio Broadcast to North Korea

Unification Media Group

Supplement: $262,500

To support the free flow of information in North Korea. The grantee will broadcast its daily program, which provides news, features, and in-depth analysis on current affairs and issues in the Korean peninsula, as well as human rights and civic education programs, to the North Korean public. It also will organize an international conference with activists from other closed societies to share experiences and plan future collaboration to expand the free flow of information.

 

Democracy and Leadership Program for North Korean Women

Center for Korean Women and Politics

 $60,000

To instill democratic values and cultivate the political leadership skills of North Korean defector women and to encourage partnership and cooperation between South and North Korean women in promoting democratic change in North Korea. The project will implement a democracy and leadership program for North Korean women, including trust and partnership building opportunities with South Korean women, and will carry out a training-of-trainers program for defector women who want to reach out to other defector women to engage on human rights and democracy.

 

Documenting Crimes Against Humanity

North Korea Strategy Center

 $45,000

To document and bring international attention to crimes against humanity committed by the North Korean regime. The organization will carry out an accountability project that will detail the role of the regime in sanctioning as well as directly committing systemic human rights violations through interviews with elite defectors, and will advocate for stronger international pressure as well as share the findings with North Korean diplomats and other elites.

 

Empowering the Role of Young Defectors in Human Rights and Democracy

Unity of Bridge Woorion

 $30,000

To build bridges between defectors and South Korean activists and to provide opportunities for young, educated North Korean defectors to engage in issues related to human rights and democracy. The grantee will carry out a leadership program for young defectors who want to take part in human rights and democracy advocacy to discuss and explore their potential roles in serving as bridges between the two Koreas and contributing to rebuilding a democratic North Korea.

 

Encouraging Democratic Reform via Radio Broadcast

North Korea Development Institute

 $194,000

To support the free flow of information into North Korea. The organization will produce the North Korea Reform Radio program, which provides daily broadcasts of news, information, and commentary designed to encourage reform and the development of independent public opinion inside the country.

 

Encouraging Democratic Reform via Radio Broadcast

North Korea Development Institute

Supplement: $125,000

To support the free flow of information into North Korea. The organization will produce the North Korea Reform Radio program, which provides daily broadcasts of news, information, and commentary designed to encourage reform and the development of independent public opinion inside the country.

 

Human Rights Documentation and International Advocacy

NK Watch

 $60,000

 

To document human rights violations and to increase international attention and pressure to address the country’s dire human rights situation. The group will interview defectors who have experienced or are familiar with human rights violations in North Korean detention facilities, document their findings, file petitions to the UN on behalf of victims or their families, and share the information with the international community to strengthen human rights advocacy efforts.

 

Mapping Crimes Against Humanity

Transitional Justice Working Group

 $174,600

To seek accountability for crimes against humanity and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea and raise awareness of transitional justice issues among key stakeholders, including victims and international policy-makers. The grantee will carry out a mapping project that utilizes geospatial evidence to document sites of potential crimes against humanity, and will organize an international conference and workshop on documenting mass crimes to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations to prepare for future transitional justice processes.

 

Strengthening and Operationalizing Organizational Strategy for More Effective Advocacy

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $375,000

To enhance the capacity of civil society groups in South Korea that advocate for human rights in North Korea. The institute will guide local partner organizations in South Korea through a systematic organizational assessment process and the development of strategic plans that contribute to long-term growth and sustainability. The institute will also assist the groups to improve their ability to conduct effective advocacy.

 

NK Youth Club

Human Rights

 $50,000

To develop democracy and leadership educational material suitable for North Korean youth. Self-study materials will be developed for young North Koreans who are interested in learning about democratic ideals and values. The program will also provide educational support to North Korean citizens in the Asia region interested in human rights and democracy.

 

Providing Informed Analysis on North Korean Society

Human Rights

 $50,000

To enhance understanding of North Korean culture, society, economics, and politics by providing an informed analysis and opinion from a North Korean perspective. The organization will publish a book, which will examine how North Koreans understand and view their society and identify how their perceptions and mindsets have changed, especially since the market privatization. It will distribute the book to North Korean readers as well as those in the international community working to advance North Korean human rights and democracy.

 

Supporting a Multimedia Museum for North Korean Human Rights

HanVoice Support Association

 $40,000

To strengthen human rights advocacy and education efforts by providing information about the ongoing abuses in an interactive and accessible manner. The program will develop and build an online museum to house defector testimonies and other relevant information in a multimedia format. The online museum will also serve as a politically neutral platform for young defectors to explore and engage in human rights work.

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