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Topographic map of North Korea. Created with G...

Topographic map of North Korea. Created with GMT from SRTM data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is the Year 2013 how can this be let to go on in the world today…what is wrong with us that we let this happen….jboy2244

The villages turned into CONCENTRATION CAMPS in North Korea as brutal regime  struggles to house hundreds of thousands of political prisoners

  • Images show new security  perimeter enclosing entire civilian villages
  • Amnesty International  claims ‘general repression’ is now commonplace
  • Human rights watchdog is  urging U.N. forum to launch inquiry on abuses

PUBLISHED:13:47, 7 March  2013| UPDATED:08:35, 8  March 2013

North Korea is expanding its already  extensive network of prison camps, eating up entire villages as  it  struggles to house hundreds of thousands of political prisoners, latest  satellite images have revealed.

The secretive communist regime has built a  huge ‘security perimeter’ around an existing camp restricting movement in nearby  villages as part of its ‘general repression’ of its people, human rights  watchdog Amnesty International said today.

The reclusive country’s network of political  prison camps is believed to hold at least 200,000 people and has been the scene  of rapes, torture, executions and slave labour, U.N. High Commissioner for Human  Rights Navi Pillay said in January.

 
Satellite images show how North Korea is expanding its already sizeable network of prison camps Satellite images show how North Korea is expanding its  already sizeable network of prison camps

 
North Korea has built a huge 'security perimeter' around a camp for political prisoners, restricting movement in nearby villages Clampdown: North Korea has built a huge ‘security  perimeter’ around a camp for political prisoners, restricting movement in nearby  villages

Analysis of new satellite images of the area  near Camp No. 14 in Kaechon shows that the government is ‘blurring the lines’  between its camps and surrounding civilians, Amnesty said.

The images show that between 2006 and 2013,  North Korea has constructed 20 km (12 miles) of posts around the Ch’oma-Bong  valley located 70km north of Pyongyang.

 The new perimeter encloses civilian  villages with a series of check points  and guard towers, Amnesty said in a statement voicing fears about government  intentions for the valley, 70 km north of the capital Pyongyang.

‘The security and control adjacent to Camp 14  shows the degree to which general repression and restrictions on the right to  liberty of movement have become commonplace in North Korea,’ said Rajiv Narayan,  North Korea researcher for Amnesty.

 
Expansion: Satellite images reveal an increase in housing between 2008 and 2011, in North Korea's Ch'oma-Bong valley Expansion: Satellite images reveal an increase in  housing between 2008 and 2011, in North Korea’s Ch’oma-Bong valley

 
The images show that between 2006 and 2013, North Korea has constructed 20 km (12 miles) of posts around the Ch'oma-Bong valley located 70km north of Pyongyang. The images show that between 2006 and 2013, North Korea  has constructed 20 km (12 miles) of posts around the Ch’oma-Bong valley located  70km north of Pyongyang.

 
A satellite image shows what Amnesty International believes is the construction of an entrance gate in North Korea's Ch'oma-Bong valley A satellite image shows what Amnesty International  believes is the construction of an entrance gate in North Korea’s Ch’oma-Bong  valley

The London-based group called on the U.N.  Human Rights Council, holding its main annual session in Geneva through March  22, to launch an international commission of inquiry into grave and systematic  violations ‘including crimes against humanity’.

North Korea denies the existence of a network  of camps.

A similar U.N. investigation similar to the  one Amnesty is demanding, made up of independent experts, has said it is  documenting war crimes committed by both sides in Syria’s conflict so as to  build a case for future prosecution.

Top U.N. rights official Pillay, who met two  North Korean camp survivors in December, has called for an independent  investigation into ‘one of the worst – but least understood and reported – human  rights situations’.

Concerns about abuses in the impoverished  country have persisted for years, but have been largely overshadowed in  international forums by fears over North Korea’s attempts to become a nuclear  weapons power.

 
Blind obedience: North Koreans attend a political rally earlier this week. Criticism of the ruling communist regime is strictly forbidden Blind obedience: North Koreans attend a political rally  earlier this week. Criticism of the ruling communist regime is strictly  forbidden

The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote  later on Thursday on a draft resolution in response to North  Korea’s third  underground nuclear test last month.

Amnesty commissioned DigitalGlobe to take the  images and help with their analysis following reports of the possible  construction of a new political prison camp adjacent to Camp No. 14 in Kaechon,  South Pyongyan province.

Dear leader: 29-year-old dictator Kim Jong Un ‘Dear leader’: 29-year-old North Korean dictator Kim  Jong Un

‘We expected to find a new or expanded prison  camp. What we found is in some ways even more worrisome,’ said Frank Jannuzi,  deputy executive director of Amnesty International USA.

The security perimeter beyond what appears to  be the formal boundaries of Camp 14 blurs the line between people in the prison  system known as Kwan-li-so and civilians, he said.

New buildings that appear to house workers  are probably linked to expanded mining activity in the region, Amnesty  said.

Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans,  including children, are held in political prison camps and other detention  facilities, often subjected to forced hard labour, denial of food rations, and  torture, it said.

Many detainees have not committed any crime,  but are relatives of those deemed unfriendly to the regime and detained as a  form of ‘collective punishment’, it added.

Japan and the United States called last week  for the council to launch an inquiry into alleged violations including torture  and execution of political prisoners in North Korea.

The council already has an independent  investigator on North Korea, Marzuki Darusman, who has said a wider inquiry  should examine personal and institutional accountability for crimes.

Activists hope the forum adopts a resolution  on North Korea by consensus now that neither China nor Russia are members.

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