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State Department finds human rights abuses at Chol Hyun Construction

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 31, 2017

Compliance and risk practitioners, beware: A new report published by the U.S. Department of State detailing aspects of the human rights situation in North Korea has listed Chol Hyun Construction as a North Korean company that practices state-sponsored slavery.

Chol Hyun Construction, acting on behalf of the DPRK government, exports workers from the DPRK to other countries, primarily Gulf States and Africa. The State Department's report cites a media reports claiming Chol Hyun Construction requires its workers in Kuwait to log extremely long hours (on average, 14 hours per day) and confines its workers to their quarters when they are not working.

The same media report indicated these workers are paid meager salaries. The report explains workers receive roughly $800-$1000 per month, 40 percent of which is paid directly into a North Korean government bank account, 20 percent is withheld by the site supervisor for company operating costs, and another 10 percent is...

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