Asia

NORTH KOREA 2019

Advancing Human Rights and Democracy Education for Defector Youth

Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights

 $240,000

To bring international attention to the human rights situation in North Korea and promote awareness among South Koreans about North Korea. The project will advocate for human rights in North Korea at the UN and organize a variety of public campaigns and activities to facilitate the collaboration of a network of international NGOs and specialists dealing with North Korean human rights and refugees. It will also provide civic education and leadership training for defector youth.

Advancing Human Rights and Democracy Education for Defector Youth

Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights

Supplement: $40,000

To bring international attention to the human rights situation in North Korea and promote awareness among South Koreans about North Korea. The project will advocate for human rights in North Korea at the UN and organize a variety of public campaigns and activities to facilitate the collaboration of a network of international NGOs and specialists dealing with North Korean human rights and refugees. It will also provide civic education and leadership training for defector youth.

Analyzing North Korean State Media Reporting and Propaganda

Coalition for Let’s Go Together

 $100,000

To provide objective analysis of the state media reporting and propaganda in North Korea. The organization will review and analyze state media outlets’ news and commentary and provide alternative perspectives to encourage critical thinking among North Korean people about their society and the information provided by the state. It will disseminate the analysis in video format.

Creating Political Space through Private Markets and Entrepreneurs

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

 $327,143

To enhance the availability of information on entrepreneurship and free markets and to prepare a basic foundation for market-oriented civil society in North Korea. The center will refine its digital economic library in ways that reflect ongoing changes in North Korea’s markets and the current needs of market operators. Additionally, the center will work to foster business networks among a select group of North Korean entrepreneurs.

Cultivating Democratic Leadership in Defector Youth and Providing Informed Analysis on North Korean Society

Center for Korean Women and Politics

 $200,000

To instill democratic values and cultivate civic leadership in defector youth, and to enhance understanding of the impact of private markets in North Korean society and their significance for North Korean people. The organization will implement a democracy and civic education program for defector youth and provide support to incubate defector youth-led civic engagement activities. It will also organize an international conference to highlight the impact of private markets in North Korean society and their significance to North Korean people.

Daily Internet Newspaper

The Daily NK

 $400,000

To raise awareness and understanding of the conditions in North Korea by disseminating accurate, timely, and relevant news and information about the country. The project will produce an online newspaper serving readers in South Korea and the international community, train North Korean citizen journalists, and provide ongoing professional development for its regionally-based correspondents and stringer reporters.

Democracy and Leadership Program for North Korean Women

Center for Korean Women and Politics

 $60,000

To instill democratic values and cultivate political leadership in 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 interviews with defector participants to provide a better understanding of changes in North Korean society, especially on the role of women as possible agents of change.

Empowering Young Defectors in Human Rights and Democracy

Unity of Bridge Woorion

 $35,000

To provide opportunities for young, educated North Korean defectors to engage in issues related to human rights and democracy. The organization 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 Through Radio Broadcast

North Korea Development Institute

 $280,000

To support the free flow of information into North Korea. The organization will produce a daily shortwave radio program to be broadcast into North Korea, comprised of news reports on events in North Korea and the world, informed analysis, and critical commentary designed to encourage reform and the development of independent public opinion inside the country.

Engaging Youth and Defectors in Human Rights.

NAUH (Now, Action and Unity for Human Rights)

 $110,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of North Korean defector students in South Korea and encourage their engagement in human rights and democracy issues. Project activities will include a series of education and networking activities for South Korean and defector students, including leadership programs and a public awareness campaign on North Korean human rights, as well as international advocacy.

Engaging Youth and Defectors in Human Rights.

NAUH (Now, Action and Unity for Human Rights)

Supplement: $18,000

To strengthen the leadership capacity of North Korean defector students in South Korea and encourage their engagement in human rights and democracy issues. Project activities will include a series of education and networking activities for South Korean and defector students, including leadership programs and a public awareness campaign on North Korean human rights, as well as international advocacy.

Enhancing Access to Information in North Korea through Radio Broadcast and Media

Unification Media Group

 $600,000

To support the free flow of information in North Korea. The organization will broadcast its daily radio program, which provides news and analyses on current affairs and issues in the Korean peninsula and around the world, as well as human rights and civic education programs to North Koreans. The organization will also create video content targeted at North Korean youth and explore new methods to improve information dissemination.

Enhancing Access to Information through Mediumwave Radio Broadcast

Save North Korea

 $199,200

To support the free flow of information into North Korea. The organization will broadcast a weekly mediumwave radio program to provide relevant human rights and democracy-related analysis and commentary. The radio program will be comprised of news, lectures, talk shows, and defectors’ stories to foster critical thinking among its target audience.

Facilitating Dialogue on Reform

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $90,000

To provide a platform for North Koreans in the Asia region to access information and engage in dialogue on reform. The project will organize an opportunity for North Korean citizens who are interested in positive change in their society to learn, explore, and debate on reform models and avenues to consider.

Human Rights Documentation and International Advocacy

NK Watch

Supplement: $25,000

To document human rights violations and to increase international attention and pressure to address the dire human rights situation. The organization 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.

Human Rights Documentation and International Advocacy

NK Watch

 $185,000

To document human rights violations and to increase international attention and pressure to address the dire human rights situation. The organization will interview defectors who have experienced 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 advocacy efforts. The organization will also produce a report analyzing the effectiveness of international advocacy efforts on human rights in North Korea.

Increasing Communication Between North and South Koreans

Freedom of Information

 $65,000

To increase opportunities for North Korean defectors to share accurate information about North Korea and personal experiences living in democratic South Korea with the citizens of North and South Korea. The project will include posting defector-written blog pieces and hosting online forum discussions with North and South Koreans on a variety of human rights and democracy-related issues.

Interactive Online Platform on North Korean Human Rights

Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

 $80,000

To provide South Korean citizens with accurate information on North Korean human rights and encourage greater awareness of and participation in the human rights movement through an interactive online platform. The organization will collect and digitize materials on the North Korean human rights situation, including fact-finding reports, memoirs written by North Korean defectors, documentaries, North Korean government documents pertaining to human rights, and recent news articles.

Investing in Democratic Young Leaders in Korea

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $300,000

To foster a network of young democratic Korean leaders. The institute will continue to implement the Future Democratic Leaders Fellowship program to impart the skills, connections, and experiences required to be successful democratic leaders. It will also establish a Youth Incubator to provide technical and material support to youth-led organizations to become successful advocates for change in North Korea.

Mapping Crimes Against Humanity

Transitional Justice Working Group

 $175,000

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 policymakers. Project activities will include a mapping project that utilizes geospatial evidence to document sites of potential crimes against humanity and international advocacy and outreach.

Mapping Crimes Against Humanity

Transitional Justice Working Group

Supplement: $33,400

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 policymakers. Project activities include a mapping project that utilizes geospatial evidence to document sites of potential crimes against humanity and international advocacy and outreach.

NK Youth Club

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $85,000

To develop democracy and leadership educational materials suitable for North Korean youth and to instill democratic values and ideals among young people in North Korea. The organization will develop self-study material for young North Koreans who are interested in learning about democratic ideals and values and provide a variety of educational support to North Korean citizens in the Asia region interested in democracy and economic reform.

Promoting the Free Flow of Information

Freedom of Information

 $250,000

To assess information flows in Northeast Asia. The organization will conduct a feasibility study on information technologies to explore new methods of information dissemination to North Korea. The organization will cooperate with human rights organizations and defectors to assess the information and technology environment and identify viable methods to transmit digital content to meet the rising demand for outside information.

Providing Informed Analysis on North Korean Society

Imjingang Inc.

Supplement: $10,000

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 identity and how their perceptions and mindsets have changed, especially since market privatization, and 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 Dialogue on Democratic Change

Database Center for North Korean Human Rights

 $140,000

To support an opportunity for young defectors and practitioners to gain the knowledge of conditions necessary for democratic change in North Korea. The organization will partner with an elite defector to implement a civic education program, a dialogue series, and a leadership project with young defectors and human rights activists on a variety of issues relating to a peaceful opening and democratic transition for North Korea. The organization and its partner will also provide relevant news and information to overseas North Koreans in blog format.

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