More than 200,000 "violators" are overworked, tortured, raped or publicly executed in political prison camps across the country. Fourteen locations that have been condensed into five major prison camps—most verified by corroborating testimonies of North Korean defectors as well as satellite images. Entire families are imprisoned, including children, up to three generations, because a relative had committed a crime such as expressing disloyalty to the government. Conditions in the camps are alleged to be extremely harsh and systematic, and widespread human rights abuses occur. Most prisoners are not expected to survive such extreme conditions. Some reports have estimated that more than 400,000 prisoners may have already died in this system.
Published on May 18, 2010
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