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16 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Due to funding shortages, WFP has been forced to reduce its rations for children and pregnant and nursing mothers. If no new funding is received by the end of March, WFP will have to stop assistance to kindergarten children and eventually to reduce its geographic scope in DPRK.

  • Nutrition assistance in the flood-affected areas continued in January and reached 30,818 people. This assistance will continue until the end of winter in March, with a 100 percent food ration.

14 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Submission to UN Children’s Committee highlights exploitation, abuse

(Seoul) – The North Korean government should immediately stop exploiting school children by forcing them to work, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing its submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The submission details forced labor including farming, rock breaking, scrap-metal collecting, and other strenuous labor, as well as discrimination and other abuses faced by North Korean children.

16 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP reached 680,249 people in December with nutrition assistance, including in flood affected counties.

  • Fortified biscuit rations were reduced in December due to projected assistance breaks tied to funding shortfalls (flood-affected areas were exempt).

  • The government-provided Public Distribution System (PDS) ration in December was an average of 400 grams per person per day. This is higher than the 380 gram ration in November and meets approximately 69 percent of daily caloric requirements.

13 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total people in need:18 million

Total children (<18) in need: 4.95 million

Total people to be reached in 2017: 4.3 million

Total children to be reached in 2017: 2.2 million

06 Jan 2017 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks 7,421,586 Swiss francs (reduced from 15,199,723 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) in delivering assistance and support to 330,000 people (82,500 households) affected by the floods for 12 months. The operation will focus on health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter (including household non-food items); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

06 Jan 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Demand accountability on occasion of Kim Jong-Un’s birthday

(Seoul) – January 8 celebrations planned for the 33rd birthday of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un only spotlight the daily reality of terrible human rights abuses North Koreans face, Human Rights Watch said today. The annual celebrations are filled with obligatory songs, dances, and praise for the Kim family’s notoriously brutal rule.

30 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

The protracted humanitarian situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to be characterised by food insecurity, limited access to health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), resulting in chronic malnutrition and poor health outcomes. In 2016, life-saving interventions continue to complement national efforts to deliver basic services. In addition, recurring natural hazards such as floods and drought, including the impact of the 2015 El Niño phenomenon, have exacerbated existing vulnerabilities.

28 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • In anticipation of a break in assistance at the end of April 2017, WFP has reduced fortified biscuit rations. The reduction will not be implemented in the flood-affected areas in the north of the country.

  • A joint mission visited the flood-affected areas in the north in November. Needs continue to be high for essential medicines and nutritious food to prevent malnutrition and outbreaks of disease.

23 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Simon Nazer

Late August’s floods in North Hamgyong, DPR Korea tore the lives and homes of thousands of families apart. Flash floods washed away entire towns, buried schools under mud and destroyed water stations. Choe Un Sim was one of the many people who saw her house washed away and thought it was the end.

22 Dec 2016 description

By Rachel Bergen

Dec. 22, 2016

WINNIPEG, Man. – In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, MCC canned meat is providing critical nourishment for thousands of people suffering from tuberculosis and hepatitis.

In partnership with its U.S.-based partner, Christian Friends of Korea (CFK), MCC helps meet up to 50 percent of protein needs in the nearly 30 hospitals, rest homes and clinics the organization serves.

20 Dec 2016 description

Bangkok, 20th December, 2016 – The European Commission is allocating € 300 000 in humanitarian aid funding to ensure the continued distribution of life-saving relief items to families affected by the recent large-scale flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

18 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable weather conditions at start of 2016/17 early cropping season

  • Main season cereal crops in 2016 partially recovered from last year’s reduced level

  • Higher cereal imports in 2015/16 marketing year (November/October)

  • Floods in late August negatively impacted livelihoods and food security of affected households

Favourable weather conditions at start of 2016/17 early cropping season

17 Dec 2016 description

Article with pictures

Mr. Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), concluded a ten day visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) including to the flood-affected areas in the northeast of the country.

16 Dec 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Legacy of Crimes Against Humanity Still Require UN Action

(Seoul) – As North Korea prepares to commemorate the fifth anniversary of former North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il’s death on December 17, the world should redouble pressure for action against North Korea’s legacy of crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today. The UN General Assembly should act decisively on its opportunity to condemn these most severe rights violations in North Korea by adopting by consensus a resolution on North Korea human rights.

13 Dec 2016 description

MCC partners in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, work to ease suffering of thousands affected by flooding and landslides in northern counties.

By Rachel Bergen

WINNIPEG, Man. – MCC’s partners in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, are working to provide relief assistance for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by flooding and landslides in the isolated country.

13 Dec 2016 description

13 December, 2016. Beijing - Concluding a ten day visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Mr. Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has warned that the humanitarian needs of thousands of flood survivors in the northeast of the country must not be overlooked.

09 Dec 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12615

SECURITY COUNCIL
7830TH MEETING (AM)

Delegates Say General Assembly, Human Rights Council More Appropriate Forums

In discussing human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Security Council risked disturbing the situation in that country, some delegates warned today following a procedural vote that narrowly approved a meeting on that subject.