North Korea’s Overseas Workers: Human Rights and Proliferation Concerns

Hosted by CRDF Global.

‘As UN Security Council Resolutions targeting North Korea finances evolve at an ever-dizzying pace and implementation remains spotty, overseas forced labor remains both a serious human rights issue and a profitable venture that represents serious proliferation risk. CRDF Global invites you to join us as we bring together experts to discuss the scope of the North Korea overseas labor program, the links to the country’s proliferation finance schemes, current challenges, and recommendations for governments and the private sector to fully implement UN sanctions prohibiting these activities.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Greg Scarlatoiu is the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, D.C. He has coordinated more than 20 HRNK publications addressing North Korea’s human rights situation and the operation of its regime and has appeared as an expert witness at several Congressional hearings on North Korean human rights. A seasoned lecturer on Korean issues, Scarlatoiu is a frequent commentator for CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Israel i24 News, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia.

Jason Arterburn is an analyst at C4ADS focused on Northeast Asia and North Korean overseas activity. He received a Master’s degree in China Studies from Peking University and his undergraduate degree in Economics and Interdisciplinary Security Studies from the University of Alabama. He speaks Mandarin and is the author of the recent C4ADS report “Dispatched: Mapping Overseas Forced Labor in North Korea’s Proliferation Finance System.”’

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