North Korea Expands Camp

December 6, 2013 by  

North Korea Expands Camp, A satellite image from Kwanliso 16,the largest political prison camp in North Korea (Amnesty International)

North Korea’s largest prison labour camps appear to be expanding as a report details the amount of alleged rape, torture and killings which occur inside.

Satellite images released by Amnesty International appear to show the camps, known as Kwanliso, augmented with new housing blocks and production facilities.

The human rights charity also spoke to a former security guard at one of the political prisons, known as Camp 16.

The guard, known only as Mr Lee, told Amnesty International that woman are raped and killed in the camps, adding that people are starved and forced to dig their own graves and are treated “worse than animals”.

The report now fears the camps are expanding and are calls for North Korea to close them down. The secretive state has always denied the existence of the camps, which are estimated to hold as many as 200,000 people.

The report’s author Rajiv Narayan said: “Under its new leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea is violating every conceivable human right.

“The camps are a gruesome and powerful tool at the heart of a vast network of repression.

“People are sent to the political prison camps without charge, let alone a trial, many of them simply for knowing someone who has fallen out of favour.

“For Amnesty International, which has been investigating human rights violations for the last 50 years, we find North Korea to be in a category of its own.”

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