List of foreign nationals detained in North Korea

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This is a list of foreign nationals who have been detained in North Korea. Excluded from the list are any persons who were detained while on active military duty and held as prisoners of war or military defectors. Also excluded are people abducted in other countries and brought into North Korea.

List of detained Australians[edit]

Name Detained Released Days in detention Likely reason for detention Ref.
Short, JohnJohn Short 16 February 2014 3 March 2014 15 Unauthorized religious activity [1]

List of detained Canadians[edit]

Name Detained Released Days in detention Likely reason for detention Ref.
Lim, Hyeon SooHyeon Soo Lim February 2015 9 August 2017 1019 "Harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system" [2]

List of detained US citizens[edit]

Name Detained Released Days in detention Likely reason for detention Ref.
Hunziker, EvanEvan Hunziker 24 August 1996 27 November 1996 95 Illegally entering North Korea [3]
Lee, EunaEuna Lee 17 March 2009 4 August 2009 140 Illegally entering North Korea (see 2009 imprisonment of American journalists by North Korea) [4]
Ling, LauraLaura Ling [4]
Park, RobertRobert Park 25 December 2009 6 February 2010 43 Illegally entering North Korea [5]
Gomes, AijalonAijalon Gomes 25 January 2010 26 August 2010 213 Illegally entering North Korea [6]
Jun, Eddie Yong SuEddie Yong Su Jun November 2010 28 May 2011 ~208 "Committing a crime" against North Korea[7] [8]
Bae, KennethKenneth Bae 3 November 2012 8 November 2014 735 Unauthorized religious activity [9][10]
Newman, MerrillMerrill Newman 26 October 2013 7 December 2013 42 Issues related to his service in the Korean War [11]
Miller, MatthewMatthew Miller 10 April 2014 8 November 2014 212 Acts hostile to the DPRK while entering under the guise of a tourist.[12] He had travelled to North Korea intending to get arrested.[13] [14][10]
Fowle, JeffreyJeffrey Fowle 4 May 2014 21 October 2014 170 Acting "contrary to the purpose of tourism" by leaving a Bible at a nightclub [15][16]
Martinez, Arturo PierreArturo Pierre Martinez 10 November 2014 Pardoned, date unclear Unknown Illegally entering North Korea [17]
Suh, SandraSandra Suh 8 April 2015 8 April 2015 0 Deported for "covertly producing photos and videos to use in the anti-DPRK smear campaign" [18][19]
Dong Chul, KimKim Dong Chul October 2015 In detention ~777 Espionage [20]
Warmbier, OttoOtto Warmbier 2 January 2016 13 June 2017 529 Committing "hostile acts" against the DPRK by allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel. Died six days after being released. [21]
Kim Sang-duk (Tony Kim) 21 April 2017 In detention 209 Committing "hostile criminal acts with an aim to subvert the country" [22][23]
Kim Hak-Song 7 May 2017 In detention 193 Suspicion of "hostile acts" against the state. [24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "North Korea releases imprisoned Canadian pastor, state media says". CBC News. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Jailed American Arrives Home For Thanksgiving -- North Korea Frees Washington Man". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. 27 November 1996. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Ling Sisters Recount Laura's Capture In North Korea". National Public Radio. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Gabbatt, Adam (7 February 2010). "US human rights campaigner freed by North Korea returns home". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Andersen, Travis and Farah Stockman (27 August 2010). "Boston man set free in N. Korea". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Family of American detained in North Korea cheers his release". CNN. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  8. ^ CNN Wire Staff (29 May 2011). "Family of American detained in North Korea cheers his release". CNN. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Bright, Arthur (10 May 2013). "North Korea explains why it sentenced American Kenneth Bae to hard labor". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Greg Botelho, CNN (8 November 2014). "North Korea releases American detainees Bae, Miller". CNN. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "US war veteran Merrill Newman home after N Korea ordeal". BBC News. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Fifield, Anna (14 September 2014). "North Korea sentences American Matthew Miller to 6 years of hard labor". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Stephen Evans (17 November 2014). "Matthew Miller: Trying to get jailed in North Korea". BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Ferguson, Carol (2 July 2014). "Bakersfield man held in North Korea, US officials request release". KBAK-TV/KBFX-CD. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Labott, Elise (21 October 2014). "American released from North Korea". CNN. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "North Korea releases American Jeffrey Fowle, US confirms". The Guardian. London. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Exclusive: American 'defector' home safely from North Korea: Martinez returned home discreetly last year, in contrast to public appearance in late 2014". NK News. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Aid worker deported from North Korea on spying charges arrives in China". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. 9 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "American expelled for anti-DPRK propaganda". The Pyongyang Times. 13 April 2015. Archived from the original on 31 July 2016. 
  20. ^ Ripley, Will; Griffiths, James (22 January 2016). "North Korea reveals alleged U.S. prisoner to CNN". CNN. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  21. ^ Pearson, James; Park, Ju-Min (22 January 2016). "North Korea detains U.S. student on New Year trip for 'hostile act'". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  22. ^ Pearson, James; Park, Ju-Min (23 April 2017). "North Korea detains third U.S. citizen: Yonhap'". Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  23. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-detainee-idUSKBN17Z0GC
  24. ^ Lee, Taehoon (8 May 2017). "North Korea detains fourth US citizen". CNN. Retrieved 15 June 2017.