The man, known only as 'Lee' was a guard at Prison camp No16, also known as Hwasong camp, where 20,000 political prisoners live.
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This article talks about the gulags, or prison camps, in North Korea and all the horrible things that go on in them. The article says everyday North Koreans' rights are violated in these camps with starvation and abuse. The only bad part about it all is, Kim Jong-Eun keeps it all a secret from the rest of the world.
From PBS and FRONTLINE: Just two years in the job and armed with nuclear weapons, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is the world's youngest dictator, ruling one of t...
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In the documentary, "Secret State of North Korea," Frontline goes through North Korea secretly and illegally recording footage of everything Kim Jung Eun wants to hide. In the documentary we are told that the guy, whose identity is kept a secret, that records all of this footage knows that at any moment if he is discovered for doing what he does, he will be put into jail or a political prison and may never come out. There are plenty of horrible things Frontline catches on video, including a scene of a town square with multiple young kids ranging from years 6-14 who are completely alone or abandoned and are begging for pocket change and digging through garbage for food scrapes. Later in the documentary, Frontline tells of how state TV only has few programs that play. Those programs show North Korea as a vast and full country with an advanced economy, with happy well-fed children and pictures of fully stocked department stores. Although, I learned in the video, if you were to enter any of these department stores you would quickly find out that none of the items in there are for sale, just for show. Frontline says that there are people you can find throughout North Korea who regularly smuggle foreign movies or TV shows across the border. The government, though, is looking for these people because they know these movies people would just like to enjoy will change their minds of the totalitarian government in result of the popular culture. One story tells of a girl whose mindset was changed from listening to illegal radio stations and realized everything the people of North Korea have been told is a lie. She said she was so uncomfortable from people, including her friends and family, always watching her that she decided to escape to China. These are many examples of how secretive North Korea's government really is. They are constantly making efforts to hide anything or anyone that is against their fews.
In the article, "Martin, Bradley K. Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty," the author Okori Ukene talks about Bradley Martin's book Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty. The book explains the history of the Kim Dynasty and the upcoming of their regime. It explains how Kim Il-Sung is one of the single best guerilla fighters against Japanese colonial occupation which most likely...isn't true. Throughout the 27 chapters of Martin's book, Ukene says it talks about how the Kim Dynasty portrays themselves as being experts in almost every field possible. Kim Il-Sung, or the "Great Leader," which is how everyone is expected to refer to him as was credited as being the country's leading historian, philosopher, educator, novelist, literary critic, designer, architect, farmer, general, table-tennis trainer(Classic Asain), and philanthropist. Again, most or even all of these things are probably not true but it is just more examples of the kind of lying this family of leaders do so everyone will praise them. For the most part everything in North Korea revolves around the Kim family whom are looked at as gods to there people. Kim Il-Sung also gave his son, Kim Jong-Il, the last leader of North Korea before Kim Jong Eun, the nickname, "Dear Leader," which is also how everyone must refer to him or praise him as. The book talks about how wildly loyal the civilians of North Korea are to their leaders despite the starvation and abuse the Kim family allows or even orders upon them. Most journalists believe though, it is the way the outside world is hidden from them and is portrayed to them as, along with power the leaders use on them through fear and concern of entering labor camps. Lastly, Ukene says, Martins book touches on the who might become Kim Jong-Il's successor when he dies. He says that Kim announced on his 63rd birthday that he will choose soon and that whoever it is, will complete the fight in the Korean revolution between North and South Korea.
In the article, "UN report will conclude North Korea has committed crimes against humanity," the author Chico Harlan explains that the United Nations will conclude that North Korean leaders have committed multiple crimes against humanity and will be taken to the International Criminal Court for it. The article states that many human rights activists and lawyers hope that this case will spread awareness of the horrible crimes being done to the people in North Korea and possibly even end it. Chico tells us that Kim Il Sung started the labor camps in 1950 which means they have been around for 60 years now which is way longer than any Nazi concentration camps or any of Stalin's labor camps. All together today, the total number of prisoners in these camps is estimated to be around 80,000 to 120,000 suffering North Koreans. The article goes through a personal experience with a survivor of Camp 18 which at one point was the largest camp in North Korea. The survivor, Kim Hye-sook, tells why she was put into the prison(for her grandpas mistakes) and what she had happen to her while in the camp. She said that everyday the troops would make the prisoners memorize tropes of North Korean ideology and during the sessions they would come around and force them to open their mouths to spit in and if they didn't the prisoners would be beaten badly. Kim also explained that she really had no one but her self because most of her family died from either mining accidents or by being beaten.
Subscribe to ITN News: http://bit.ly/1bmWO8h North Korea propaganda has been filled with lots of Kim Jong-un, military parades and crying residents but repor...
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This video talks about how Kim Jong-Eun and his fake leadership is starting to fail his people. The people in North Korea are no longer praising him and are realizing what he and his ancestors have done to them. I think this is definitely a good thing because its about time that his reign ends and the abuse of the people stops and it starts with them turning on their leader.
This picture relates to my topic because it is a spitting image of how Kim Jong-Eun leads his country. it is all for show and his need to show off his power to the world. This picture almost reminds me of pictures I've seen in history books of hitler and his communist army which is almost how Kim Jong-Eun is behind cameras.
A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and surv...
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Escape from Camp 14 is a non-fiction novel of Shin Dong-hjuk's journey through a Korean labor camp and his Escape from it. The novel is a way to enlighten those who are unaware or ignorant of the fact that these labor camps are still existent and very real today. In the beginning of Escape from Camp 14, Harden tells the reader of all of the hardships that prisoners of these camps endured. Shin, who was born into the camp, only knew life in it and had no real sense of hope, his only goal was to just stay alive day in and day out. Harden explains, "When he was in the camp-depending upon her for all his meals, stealing her food, enduring her beatings-he saw her as competition for survival." (Harden 16) In this quote, talking about Shin's mother, it shows that Shin and probably most other prisoners born inside the camp had no sense of life outside of the camp, all that he wanted to do was survive. Some of the episodes that Shin witnesses and is told throughout the book are raping's of women(including Shin's mother), public executions(including his mother and brother whom he snitched on for plotting to escape), beatings of anyone who disobeys the camps "ten commandments"(including a 6 year old girl in his school), and even worse, limbs or fingers being amputated for anything considered really bad. The book explains Shin's escape from the camp where he had to crawl under the shot dead corpse of his accomplice and then under the fence to freedom. Shin made his way to China and then to South Korea where he would later be offered to come to the United States. While Shin was in South Korea he was discovered by a Korean-American woman who was moved by his story and the two ended up getting married and are still together today.
In the article, "North Korean prison camps challenge world's conscience," USA Today talks about a report from the United Nations on North Korea and its underbelly that Kim Jung Il has tried so hard to cover up. The article goes into detail about labor camps, starvation and things like not having any tv or internet in the entire country. One story in this article talks about a pregnant woman who tried to flee North korea but was caught quickly and beaten so badly that her baby came out of her and it was beaten just as bad till it died. Another account talks about when prisoners are tortured, how they are forced to stand in cold water up to their mouths or just in a field with their hands above their heads for long periods of time. These are just few of the things that prisoners have to endure in camps. The article also talks about how prisoners are only fed one small meal a day and have to survive on catching and eating mice and snakes. USA Today's article concludes that there is not much that can be done to spread awareness and stop the abuse in North Korea without changing the leadership or starting another Korean War that would be much bigger since the US and China are allies with either of the Korea's. Instead, people all over the world just have to continue doing what they have been doing which is documenting the accounts of prisoners and denying international legitimacy to the regime.
North Korea is a land of a strict totalitarian government led by the Kim family. It is a vast land of mountains and plains with many of the only political prison camps in the entire world (Above is the map of Shin's Camp 14). North Korea is very malnourished and poor, so poor that more than half of the population is either homeless and or starving.
The HRNK, otherwise known as the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, are a group of foreign policy and human rights activists that have put together a group to raise awareness of the many problems in North Korea that stem from the Kim leaders. The committee has a few objectives: close the gulags(labor camps), open North Korea's borders, inform North Korean citizens of the outside world, feed the hungry in North Korea, foster good economic principles, promote access throughout North Korean and lastly, Link Development Assistance to North Korea to tangible improvements in the regime's human rights records(whatever that last one means). The groups main focuses are on North Koreas totalitarian government which abuses its people throughout the country but mostly in the labor camps, their denial to equal food access and other essential goods, and all of the refugees attempting to flee to China. Overall, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, much like Shin Dong-hjuk, wants people to be aware of the situation in North Korea as well as emancipation of the citizens and those in its labor camps so that they may live a fair life without fear or hunger.
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