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Watchdog Uncovers 56 Types of Torture North Korea Uses in Remand Centers

Pyongyang: A recent monitoring report claims that prisoners in North Korea are subjected to heinous mistreatment and torture while in detention.

The report claims that one person was even forced to consume insects as a supplement to his diet because the meager food supply was insufficient to keep him alive.

An NGO called Korea Future, which tracks and examines human rights abuses in North Korea, released a report on Pyongyang’s vast prison system on Friday, saying prisoners there are routinely subjected to “torture and beatings.” bad treatments”.

The report claims that during and after detention, those held in North Korea’s more than 200 prisons and detention centers are “re-educated through forced labor, ideological instruction, and punitive brutality in an effort to impose a unquestioning obedience and loyalty” to Kim Jong Un.

The study lists a number of violations of international law committed within the criminal justice system, including rape and sexual assault, forced labor, cruel or inhuman treatment, torture and deprivation of health.

According to Korea Future, the data was collected through interviews with victims, offenders and witnesses, as well as a review of internal records.

Case studies of three victims who were imprisoned for trying to flee North Korea or for helping others flee the country receive a lot of attention in the report.

According to Korea Future, the events described in the report clearly violate international law and warrant further investigation. An effort for comment was not promptly answered by North Korea’s office at the UN.

Right to food – “denied”

A 30-year-old pregnant woman who had been detained in China was sent back to North Korea and imprisoned in three different places, one of which was a re-education center.
The report claims that the woman was subjected to 56 different types of torture while in pretrial detention, including being forced to have an abortion when she was at least seven months pregnant.

According to the report, other prisoners have been denied their “right to food”, that is, the denial of “quantitatively and qualitatively adequate food”.

Cockroaches as a ‘food supplement’

According to the story, a man in his 40s who helped North Korean citizens flee the country while smuggling goods from China was imprisoned in a re-education camp and tortured by “systematic denial of food “.

It was also mentioned that 987 similar cases had been reported to the criminal justice system.

The amount of food this man received was based on the amount of work he did each day, according to the report, and he was subjected to forced labor.

He received just over four ounces of corn a day if he met his quota, but that amount dropped to less than three ounces if he did not.

According to the report, the man “regularly” caught cockroaches and rodents to supplement the meager food he received and as a result suffered “extreme weight loss”.

Positional torture

Beyond cases of forced abortions and starvation, the North Korean prison system has also subjected inmates to “positional torture”.

According to the report, people are frequently made to endure prolonged fixed positions, which “may include forced standing or squatting, suspension of the body from a chain, shackling in stressful positions, and deliberately uncomfortable sitting for several hours or several days”.

According to the report, positional torture was used against a woman in her 50s at a North Korean detention center. This incident was one of 570 that have been documented throughout the criminal justice system. She was in stressful situations for 30 days straight.

According to the report, she was forced to spend 17 hours a day “sitting cross-legged on the ground, her hands on her knees and her head raised”.

The report claimed that she could only walk after eating. When the prisoners left their stress positions, she saw them being beaten. A chair designed to limit her mobility was also used to force her into additional stressful positions, which hurt her knees and joints.

Korea Future’s findings are consistent with the types of abuses mentioned in a recent UN report on the human rights situation in North Korea. In particular, this study claims that women are subjected to unsanitary living conditions, forced labor and harsh living conditions in detention centers across the country.

The women are incarcerated in cruel circumstances and deprived of food. According to the study, they are subjected to torture, cruel treatment, forced labor and gender-based violence, including sexual violence, by state agents.

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