Rape, abortion and torture: Kim’s prisons in North Korea

An NGO denounces more than 1,000 cases of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

Extrajudicial executions, rapes, forced abortions, imprisonment without trial, torture, starvation rations that force prisoners to look for insects to eat. These are just some of the abuses rife in Kim Jong-un-ruled North Korea’s prisons and other detention facilities, according to ex-detainees whose testimony forms the basis of a new report released this week by an intelligence observatory. human rights, non-profit NGO Korea Future.

Using interviews with hundreds of survivors, witnesses and abusers who have fled the country, along with official documents, satellite imagery, architectural analysis and digital models of prison facilities, the NGO has built a detailed picture of life within the penal system. of North Korea.

“The purpose of our report is basically to expose human rights violations that have taken place within North Korea’s penal systems. It transpires that even 10 years after the United Nations set up a Commission of Inquiry, there are still systematic and widespread human rights violations,” said Kim Jiwon, a member of Korea Future, which has offices in London, Seoul and The Hague. The group has documented what it believes are more than 1,000 cases of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, hundreds of cases of rape and other forms of sexual violence, and more than 100 cases of denial of the right to life.