About the Authors

Joanna HOSANIAK, Ph.D.

Deputy Director General, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR)

Joanna Hosaniak (1974) has been with the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) in South Korea since 2004. She is also a lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul. Prior to joining NKHR she worked at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. Born in Warsaw, Poland, she majored in Korean Studies at Warsaw University in 1999, completed a 6-month human rights course for activists in 2003 and has been awarded a Ph.D degree in International Studies at Sogang University, South Korea in 2016. Her dissertation focused on transitional justice mechanisms in post-communist countries in Europe. She led extensive international advocacy work contributing to the establishment of the UN Commission of Inquiry for DPRK in 2013 and subsequently, the UN Panel of Experts on Accountability in DPRK in 2016. She is an author of several thematic reports on human rights situation (especially on discrimination against women) in North Korea and has contributed articles to academic books (North Korean Human Rights. Activists and Networks by Cambridge University Press, 2018 and Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice by Cambridge University Press, upcoming new edition). Hosaniak was conferred the title of Seoul Honorary Citizen by the Mayor of Seoul in 2013 and received “Bene Merito” Award in 2015 from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was also named in “100 future leaders of Korea” by Donga Daily in 2013.


Director, Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against the Polish Nation (IPN)

Rafał Leśkiewicz (1977) has worked for the Institute of National Remembrance in Poland since 2001, including as a deputy director and director of the Office for Dissemination and Preservation of Archival Records, as a deputy director of the Historical Research Office; and currently as a Director of IT Office. Leśkiewicz also held the position of director of the Centre for Informatics Technology of the Ministry of Digital Affairs in 2016. Currently, he also serves as an expert at the Ministry of Digital Affairs. He is an author of the first implemented endeavour for the digitalisation of the Archives of the Institute of National Remembrance. He is also an author, co-author and editor of more than 100 scientific and popular science publications on Polish contemporary history and the management of the archives of the Communist Security Service. He has published several articles on the accountability for the totalitarian past and remembrance of victims of totalitarian regimes. From 2012 to 2013 he was invited by Tunisian state institutions as an expert for workshops preparing Tunisian state administrative institutions and non-governmental organisations for the procedures to hold Ben Ali’s dictatorial regime to account. From 2010 to 2016, Leśkiewicz chaired the Polish-Ukrainian working group of historians and archivists who prepared research papers for a series of publications titled “Poland and Ukraine in the 20s and 30s of XXth century. Unknown documents from the archives of the secret services”. He was also a member of the Polish-Georgian, Polish-Lithuanian and Polish-Romanian working groups.

CONTACT WITH THE AUTHORS OF THE PROJECT at: archivesnorthkorea@gmail.com