Amnesty: North Korea in “a cateogory of its own” for human rights abuses

February 18, 2014 at 12:24 am (hell, Human rights, murder, posted by JD, reactionay "anti-imperialism", stalinism, terror, thuggery, truth)

From Amnesty International:

North Korea is in a cateogory of its own for scale and breadth of human rights abuses. Now is the time for action

Kim Jong-Un (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

Dear Supporter,

When Kim Young-soon was sent to political prison camp Yodok for ‘gossiping’ about former leader Kim Jong-il, her parents, daughter and sons were also imprisoned for ‘guilt by association’.

Each day, they were woken at 3.30am and forced to work until dark. When her parents starved to death, she wrapped their bodies in straw and buried them herself. Her children all died in the camp too.

Stand with the people of North Korea and demand action

In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (widely known as North Korea), there is no political opposition, no independent media, and no free trade unions or other civil society organisations.

The country has been in the grip of a devastating food crisis since the early 1990s, and nearly a million people have starved to death

At the heart of this vast network of repression and cruelty, are the political prison camps. Watch our video: the inside story of the prison camps

At least 100,000 people live in the prison camps. Satellite images we commissioned last year show the largest covering an area of approximately 215 square miles. Some people are sent there without charge, let alone a trial, and forced to work with little food or sleep.

Many die of overwork or malnutrition. Torture is rampant, and executions are commonplace.

A former guard at the country’s largest prison camp, Kwanliso 16, told us of women being raped by visiting officials then disappearing:

‘After a night of “servicing” the officials, the women had to die because the secret could not get out. This happens at most of the political prison camps.’ Former prison guard

Stand with the people of North Korea and demand action

Armed with evidence of the scale and depth of abuse within the country, we have been lobbying the United Nations to hold a Commission of Inquiry into North Korea for many years.

The inquiry began in March 2013, and published its final report today, laying bare the gruesome reality of life in North Korea. Among testimony given was an account of a woman forced to drown her own baby. 

The world can no longer say it does not know what is happening in North Korea. And the North Korean regime can no longer deny this is happening. The UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council must now use their power and influence to ensure action.

This must be the year the world acts on North Korea – pledge your support now

Thank you,

Karen Middleton
Karen Middleton Campaign Manager

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10 Comments

  1. Babs said,

    I hope the North Korean dictatorship collapses as soon as possible and shame on China if they shield it from UN authorised sanctions. I’m so glad to finally see what could well turn out to be a concerted effort to punish the North Korea leadership for its horrendous human rights records rather than simply focusing on its nuclear weapons programme. China, the US and South Korea should agree on some kind of demilitarised pact on the Korean peninsula so as to stop China propping up the North Korean regime to act as a buffer to US hegemony. The collapse of North Korea would be a good day.

  2. Bob-B said,

    Are Andrew Murray and George Galloway still backing the North korean monarchy?

  3. Andrew Coates said,

    We’ve just been talking about this on Facebook.

    Re this:
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    Celebrating the achievements of Democratic Korea

    By New Worker correspondenthttp://londoncommunists.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/celebrating-achievements-of-democratic.html

    Many of us donlt have words to express the feelings this arouses.

  4. Andrew Coates said,

  5. North Korean Prison Abuse Sketches | pundit from another planet said,

    […] Amnesty: North Korea in “a cateogory of its own” for human rights abuses (shirazsocialist.wordpress.com) […]

  6. Jim Denham said,

    The Graun’s Freedland on how isolationism, as promoted by both “left” and right, protects tyranical regimes like North Korea:

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/18/north-korea-good-time-to-be-dictator

  7. Jim Denham said,

    A shameful article by Pilger, orginally in the New Statesman, and republished in yesterday’s Morning Star:North Korea is not bad, only “bad” – and America’s to blame anyway:

    http://www.newstatesman.com/2014/02/good-korea-bad-korea

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