[Writer's Choice] North Korean Prison Camps

Jay Yim, June 29, 2018, 4:06 p.m.


CREATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPRISONING THOSE WHO THE NORTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT CALLS POLITICAL CRIMINALS.

THE TOTAL ESTIMATED NUMBER OF PRISONERS PRESENT IN THE CAMPS ARE SAID TO BE 150,000 TO 200,000.

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE HORRORS OF THESE CAMPS AS DESCRIBED BY FORMER PRISONERS AND GUARDS.

1) THERE ARE AROUND 15 TO 20 REEDUCATION CAMPS IN NORTH KOREA

2) FORMER PRISONERS SAY CONDITIONS ARE SO BAD THAT 20-25% OF THE POPULATION DIES EVERY YEAR (COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA)

3) “GUILT BY ASSOCIATION” IS A SYSTEM USED BY THE NORTH TO LOCK UP ENTIRE FAMILIES AND GENERATIONS JUST FOR KNOWING SOMEONE WHO WAS CONVICTED (COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA)

4) SHIN DONG HYUK, A FORMER PRISONER, SAID THAT STARVATION WAS COMMON. “WE WERE ALWAYS HUNGRY, AND THE GUARDS ALWAYS TOLD US, ‘THROUGH HUNGER, YOU WILL REPENT”. (60 MINUTES)

5) PRISONERS DEVELOP HUNCHED BACKS FROM BENDING OVER IN FIELDS OR LOSE TOES AND FINGERS TO FROSTBITE. (COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA)

6) GUARDS TREAT PRISONERS AS SUBHUMAN, TERRORIZING AND TORTURING THEIR CAPTIVES, SOMETIMES JUST FOR FUN. (COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA)

7) THERE ARE MANY TORTURE METHODS, BUT SOME ARE MORE DISTURBING THAN OTHERS SUCH AS GETTING EATEN ALIVE BY GUARD DOGS.

8) PREGNANCY IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF A “MARRIAGE” ARRANGED BY THE GUARDS. ONE PRISONER TESTIFIED OF ANOTHER FEMALE PRISONER WHO WAS FORCED TO DROWN HER OWN BABY IN A BUCKET. (REUTERS)

9) IT WAS REPORTED THAT UP TO 20,000 PRISONERS WERE ALLOWED TO DIE OF DISEASE AND/OR STARVATION AS SOME CAMPS WERE SHUT DOWN IN 2013. (COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA)

10) KIM JONG UN AND THE NORTH DENIES THE CAMPS EXIST, BUT SATELLITE IMAGES SHOWS PROOF OF THEIR EXISTENCE SCATTERED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. (SKY NEWS)

11) DONALD TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION DUBBED THE HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES AND THESE CAMPS “NOT A TOP PRIORITY” AND EVEN CALLED IT “NOT AMERICA’S BUSINESS”.

12) THIS IS NO DOUBT A SERIOUS ISSUE AND KIM JONG UN AND HIS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY THE UNITED NATIONS AND SHUT DOWN THESE CAMPS FOREVER.

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THOSE IMPRISONED AND THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THESE CAMPS.

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