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North Korea: Fear of Torture / Ill-treatment

, Index number: ASA 24/002/2004

Three members of the same family, imprisoned for leaving North Korea without authorization, are reportedly at imminent risk of transfer to one of the country's political penal labour camps. Conditions in these camps are notoriously harsh and would further endanger their health, already thought to have been weakened by months of torture and ill-treatment in detention.