Many citizens who were of school age during the 1990s famine never learned to read.
Woman lost her home after her daughter sold it out from under her and absconded with the proceeds.
Released in October to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the party’s founding, most have become vagrants.
Smugglers sold gold worth some $6.5 million at the Chinese border in five separate incidents since September.
Mines aimed at preventing citizens from escaping to China.
Citizens complain that the government should not encourage childbirth during economic crisis.
Experts predict more emphasis on human rights in Washington’s North Korea policy.
Opposition lawmaker Ji Seong-ho says Seoul has a responsibility to help North Korean refugees abroad.
Authorities punish small-scale alcohol brewing, calling it a waste of grain.
Residents scoff at environmental protection measures when faced with harsh Siberian weather.
Residents say that the law could be used to arbitrarily punish anyone.
Residents of Ryanggang province who visited Hyesan on Nov. 1 must self-quarantine for 20 days.
Ethnic Chinese living in North Korea encouraged to apply for exit visas to visit China.
Residents desperate to even gather wilted cabbage leaves and radish stems discarded after harvest.
What was once provided for free now commands 1/10 of its weight in food.
Rushed work by untrained troops caused two explosions in the country’s northeast.
Coronavirus has sapped trade workers’ incomes, yet they must pay hefty fee to Pyongyang.
Government orders all citizens to wear coronavirus masks publicly, but only if they are “legitimately’ produced.
Experts say border closures in China brought on by coronavirus caused the dramatic decline.
Lectures blame continued border closure on South Korean conspiracy to introduce coronavirus to the North.
Lee Rae-jin details his family’s efforts to find closure after North Korean soldiers killed his brother at sea.
Citizens say arbitrary forced labor order will do little to improve their lives.
Former detainees tell HRW how they survived torture, forced labor and other crimes against humanity.
The Special Rapporteur urges the North to repurpose resources and assess the impact of its controls.
Kim Jong Un’s tearful apology, seen as a reflection of his country's hardship, drew some local mockery.
Experts expect that Pyongyang will display new weapons in what will be the largest parade in country’s history.
Mun Chol Myong’s lawyer says he will appeal the decision to the nation’s top court.
U.S.-based expert says every defection comes with “collateral damage.”
Trade companies used to be the envy of ordinary citizens, but now traders are going bankrupt.
With economy smacked by typhoons and squeezed by sanctions and the coronavirus, people must steal to eat.