Lina Yoon is a senior researcher at the Asia division focused on the Korean peninsula, mostly North Korea. Her research focuses on the North Korean government’s endemic and widespread rights violations, including arbitrary detentions, lack of due process, torture, forced labor, and discrimination against at-risk groups including women, children, and people with low socio-economic and political status. In addition, Yoon has worked on international advocacy campaigns to create paths for accountability for victims of human rights violations.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Yoon was as a journalist for 12 years. She visited North Korea four times since 2003 and has met with over 400 North Koreans outside the country. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and El País, and produced broadcast materials for CBS News, BBC, Al Jazeera International, and CNN International. She has a double bachelor’s degree in politics and mass media from Yonsei University in Seoul and a master’s degree in communication from Tsinghua University in Beijing.