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North Korea: Stories from DPRK's Prison Camps

March 4, 2013 - Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be held in political prison camps and other detention facilities in North Korea. They include those who have criticized the government, but also family members of the detained, and children who were born there and have lived their entire lives in the camps. A significant proportion of those sent to the camps don't even know what crimes they're accused of. Details about the camps are a mystery, but stories from survivors offer a glimpse of the violations to human rights that take place within.

The testimonies gathered here come from those who have escaped North Korea to tell their story. Their shocking accounts paint a picture of places where the rights to health, food, freedom of expression, movement, and opinion are ignored. Prisoners recount having their teeth and nails pulled out; enduring torture and hunger; and forced copulation, with their offspring growing up as prisoners.

On January 14, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for an international investigation into what she said were decades of serious violations in North Korea. "Because of the enduring gravity of the situation, I believe an in-depth inquiry into one of the worst—but least understood and reported—human rights situations in the world is not only fully justified, but long overdue."

Advocacy organizations around the world, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights In Asia, Open North Korea, and others are collectively pressing for an international investigation. Shining a spotlight on North Korea would be a first step towards ending the systemic pattern of human rights abuse in the country.

This playlist was co-curated by Amnesty International USA's Christoph Koettl.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Amnesty International Blog:
http://bit.ly/WHXZdI

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for international inquiry
http://bit.ly/Z7FTly

UN Experts Urge Human Rights Inquiry in DPR Korea
http://bit.ly/YYUxJE

Amnesty International: North Korea Revealed
http://bit.ly/nkprisons

ICNK urges Human Rights Council to create inquiry
http://bit.ly/YobCch

HRW: Q&A on a UN Commission of Inquiry
http://bit.ly/11DN06I
March 4, 2013 - Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be held in political prison camps and other detention facilities in North Korea. They include those who have criticized the government, but also family members of the detained, and ch...
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