We have been working since the 1970s to expose the truth about North Korea’s death camps. The first-hand testimony we have gathered shows the unimaginable day-to-day struggles of people living in the camps.
A housewife from Pyongyang left by guards to drown in a cesspool after she slipped and fell in. Prisoners kicked to death for answering back, eating anything they could lay their hands on just to stay alive: frogs, snakes, rats, insects – if they were lucky. Many die of starvation.
In March 2014, the UN published a Commission of Inquiry report into the human rights abuses in North Korea. We lobbied hard for this report and it’s a significant step in getting the camps closed permanently.
However, when the report was presented to the Human Rights Council, North Korea condemned and rejected the findings. We want to make sure that they can no longer deny what we know to be the most abhorrent treatment of people that Amnesty has witnessed.
With the truth about the camps on the international stage, now is a crucial time to persuade the international community to pressure the North Korean authorities into closing the camps forever.