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North Korea: U.S. Citizen Hard Labour Sentence Shrouded in Secrecy

The government of North Korea must immediately disclose all details of the court case of U. S. citizen Kim Dong-chul, sentenced to 10 years’ hard labour for “spying,” in what appears to be yet another politically motivated decision, said Amnesty International today. Kim, a 62-year-old who was born in South Korea, is the latest foreigner to be sentenced to hard labour in recent months. “The timing of this sentence, as tensions keep rising in the Korean Peninsula, and the lack of details about the alleged spying activities of the defendant suggests politically motivated  proceedings,” said Arnold Fang, East Asia Researcher at Amnesty International.

Date:
29 April 2016
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  • North Korea
  • Unlawful Detention

North Korea: Tightened controls on communications with the outside world leave families devastated

Ordinary North Koreans caught using mobile phones to contact loved ones who have fled abroad, risk being sent to political prison camps or other detention facilities as the government tightens its stranglehold on people’s use of communication technology, reveals Amnesty International in a new report published today. Connection Denied: Restrictions on Mobile Phones and Outside Information in North Korea, documents the intensified controls, repression and intimidation of the population since Kim Jung-un came to power in 2011.

Date:
9 March 2016
  • News
  • North Korea
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

North Korea: UN vote a crucial step to ensure perpetrators of crimes against humanity face justice

A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice, Amnesty International said.  On Tuesday, the UN General Assembly Third Committee in New York passed a resolution condemning North Korea for systemic, widespread and gross human rights violations, including crimes against humanity, that continue to be committed in the country.

Date:
18 November 2014
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  • North Korea

North Korea: End persecution of Christians after reports US tourist detained

North Korean authorities must release all those detained solely for their religious beliefs, said Amnesty International, following reports that an American tourist has been arrested after he left a Bible at a hotel.  The state news agency KCNA said the man had entered North Korea on 29 April and was detained when he tried to leave the country.  “Leaving behind a Bible in a hotel room, whether by accident or by design, should never amount to a criminal offence,” said Roseann Rife, East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
6 June 2014
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  • North Korea
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

North Korea: UN vote a positive step to end crimes against humanity

A key UN vote has sent a clear message to the North Korean government that those responsible for crimes against humanity must face justice, said Amnesty International. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva passed a resolution on Friday condemning North Korea for systemic, widespread and gross human rights violations, including crimes against humanity, that continue to be committed in the country. “This is a strong resolution and the message sent to the North Korean authorities could not be clearer.

Date:
28 March 2014
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  • North Korea

North Korea: UN Security Council must act on crimes against humanity

The United Nations Security Council must increase pressure on North Korea to address the horrific human rights situation in the country, Amnesty International said following publication of a damning UN report.  “The gruesome reality of life in North Korea is laid bare in the Commission’s comprehensive report. The gravity and nature of human rights violations are off the scale,” said Roseann Rife, East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International.

Date:
17 February 2014
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  • North Korea
  • Detention

New satellite images show scale of North Korea’s repressive prison camps

North Korea’s vast infrastructure of repression is further exposed in new satellite images showing the on-going development of two of the country’s largest political prison camps, Amnesty International discloses today.  In a comprehensive assessments of camps 15 and 16 - known as kwanliso -  Amnesty International found new housing blocks, an expansion of production facilities, and continued tight security.

Date:
5 December 2013
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  • North Korea
  • International Justice

North Korea escalates border crackdown

A North Korean government ministry’s latest threat of harsh punishment against people leaving North Korea without permission renews concerns about freedom of movement in a country with a deplorable human rights record, Amnesty International said. On 19 June the state news agency published a statement by the Ministry of People’s Security of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea), vowing to “take substantial measures to physically remove despicable human scum” who leave the country without permission – an act the government views as treason.

Date:
21 June 2013
  • News
  • North Korea

North Korea’s human rights crisis

As tensions rise on the Korean peninsula, Amnesty International answers key questions about human rights in North Korea. How bad are human rights in North Korea?Millions of people in North Korea suffer extreme forms of repression and human rights violations that violate nearly the entire spectrum of their human rights.   In January 2013, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said that North Korea had “one of the worst –but least understood and reported - human rights situations in the world”.

Date:
9 April 2013
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  • North Korea
  • Penal Institutions

North Korea: New images show blurring of prison camps and villages

Analysis of new satellite images shows the North Korean government is blurring the lines between its political prison camps and the surrounding population, Amnesty International said on Thursday, as it reiterated its call for UN Member States to establish an independent Commission of Inquiry into grave, systematic and widespread human rights violations in North Korea—including crimes against humanity.

Date:
7 March 2013
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  • North Korea
  • Detention

North Korea: Catastrophic human rights record overshadows ‘Day of the Sun’

North Korea’s ‘Day of the Sun’ – the official title for the centenary of founder Kim Il-sung’s birth – is an opportunity to shed light  on the country’s abysmal human rights record, Amnesty International said. According to the North Korean government, the birth centenary on 15 April is the day on which the country will become a ‘strong and prosperous nation’. Nearly a million North Koreans have died of starvation since the 1990s, while millions more suffer the health effects of a persistent food crisis.

Date:
12 April 2012
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  • China
  • Detention

Fears for nine forcibly returned from China to North Korea

The Chinese authorities should not forcibly return any more North Korean border-crossers caught en route to South Korea, after it emerged that nine people were sent back, Amnesty International said. At least 40 North Koreans are said to be currently held in detention facilities near the China-North Korea border in North East China after being caught in transit. If sent back to North Korea, they would be at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment, forced labour, imprisonment in political prison camps and execution.

Date:
28 February 2012
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  • China
  • Death Penalty

China urged to avoid forced repatriation of 21 North Koreans

A group of 21 North Koreans must not be forcibly repatriated by the Chinese government, Amnesty International said amid reports they are being held in the north-eastern Chinese city of Changchun for being in the country illegally en route to South Korea.  The group has reportedly been told the Chinese authorities will expel them back to North Korea by 20 February. If returned they are at risk of detention, torture and even execution as illegal border-crossers.

Date:
14 February 2012
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  • North Korea
  • Censorship and Free Speech

North Korea: Kim Jong-il’s death could be opportunity for human rights

The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and assumption of power by his son, Kim Jong-un, present an important opportunity for improving the country’s catastrophic human rights record, Amnesty International said today.  “Kim Jong-il, like his father before him, left millions of North Koreans mired in poverty, without access to adequate food and healthcare, and with hundreds of thousands of people detained in brutal prison camps,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.

Date:
19 December 2011
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  • North Korea
  • Penal Institutions

Images reveal scale of North Korean political prison camps

Amnesty International has published satellite imagery and new testimony that shed light on the horrific conditions in North Korea’s network of political prison camps, which hold an estimated 200,000 people. The images reveal the location, size and conditions inside the camps.   Amnesty International spoke to a number of people, including former inmates from the political prison camp at Yodok as well as guards in other political prison camps, to obtain information about life in the camps.

Date:
3 May 2011
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  • North Korea
  • Poverty

Starving North Koreans forced to survive on diet of grass and tree bark

Crippling food shortages exacerbated by government policies in North Korea have caused widespread illness as thousands are forced to survive on so-called "wild foods" such as grass and tree bark, according to testimonies obtained by Amnesty International in a new report. Hwang, a 24-year-old man from Hwasung, North Hamgyong province, was homeless and lived alone from the age of nine. Foraging for wild foods was his only option to avoid starvation.

Date:
15 July 2010