Sunday, March 13, 2005

North Korea's GULAG Pt.3

I think that the exceptional evil that is Kim Jong Il and his satanic minions is clear by now to all but the most committed idiot leftist™. The "Dear Murderer-Freak" still exists only by virtue of his ability to blackmail the world with his weapons.

If you haven't yet, you may wish to read my two previous posts in this series:
North Korea's GULAG and North Korea's GULAG Pt. 2

The most recent piece from FrontPage Magazine helps to bring us up to date. North Korea: A Time for Action;
North Korea human rights abuse has reached a new peak last month in the midst of another nuclear crisis that was initiated by Pyongyang. Amid North Korea's announcement that it possesses nuclear weapons and is suspending its participation in “six-nation” nuclear talks, Kim Jong Il’s Stalinist regime also found time to execute 70 refugees who were recently captured en-route to China.

The Commission to Help North Korean Refugees, a highly reputable NGO, said that eight or nine of the 70 who were executed were put to death publicly in order to discourage others from attempting to slip across the border into China

Such practices have become a horrible routine in North Korea, yet they receive little attention due to the country’s nuclear menace. Even South Korea, concerned that raising the issue of human rights would “anger” its northern neighbor, abstained last March from voting on a U.N. resolution calling on North Korea to improve its human rights record [emphasis mine - ed.].
There are still between 150,000 and 200,000 prisoners in the DPRK's gulag, but apparently Camp 22 at Haengyong has been closed and the prisoners moved to Yodok, of which we have video;
At one of the more infamous camps, No. 22 in Haengyong (which has since been closed), some 50,000 prisoners toiled each day in conditions that killed 20 percent to 25 percent of them each year. Kwon Hyok, a defector and former Head of Security at Camp 22, has described chemical experiments carried out on political prisoners in specially constructed gas chambers [link added by the editor]. Official Korean documents listing individuals transferred for “the purpose of human experimentation with liquid gas for chemical weapons” confirmed Hyok’s testimony.

Following increased media and satellite attention, the North Koreans decided to dismantle Camp 22—a process that was completed in late 2004. But the political prisoners in Camp 22 were not released; instead, they were transferred to places like like Yodok Prison Camp, located 62 miles north of the North Korean capital Pyongyang, farther away from the South Korean border.

Footage obtained from a defector who managed to secretly film the Yodok camp revealed conditions similar to that described in Camp 22. In one scene, pairs of men and women were seen carrying what the Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun said were “canisters of human waste slung from a pole across their shoulders." [emphasis mine - ed.]
I wrote about Yodok here.

The video of the Yodok camp mentioned above. (when the dialogue askes to launch application, say yes, it is the mms protocol).

In a later post I will provide links to high resolution satelite photographs of North Korea including the former Camp 22 at Haengyong.

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