Can we close North Korea’s death camps?

100,000 people are held in camps in North Korea. Most will die of cold, disease, torture or execution. View this email online
A living hell for 100,000 people – and North Korea pretends they don’t exist. Of which between 50,000 and 70,000 (estimate) are Christians.
 Any  Korean or Chinese who help defectors are liable to be killed as assassination of Pastor Han Choong Yeol in April 2016.
Kim Jong-Un (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)
In North Korea, gossiping or reading the Bible is a crime and could result in you being sentenced to life in a slave labour camp. It sounds unbelievable but this is not the most shocking thing.

Right now 100,000 people are being held in camps in North Korea and many will die of cold, hunger, disease, torture or even random execution. But the North Korea authorities deny the camps exist. Help us close the camps.

 
Dear friend,

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.

Thank you,

 

 

 
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