10 December 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia
  •    - China
  •    - Hong Kong
  •    - Japan
  •    - Macau
  •    - North Korea
  •    - South Korea
  •    - Taiwan

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 09/19/2013, 00.00

    NORTH KOREA - UNITED NATIONS

    UN accuses North Korea of violence in state-run prison camps, including against newborns



    The United Nations commission heard eyewitness accounts about the North Korea's prison camp system where babies are drowned, vermin thrive and people accused of political and social crimes are executed. Pyongyang rejects the accusations.

    New York City (AsiaNews) - Children drowned shortly after birth, people killed in front of hundreds of witnesses, shacks invaded by parasites are just some aspects of life in North Korean prison camps, survivors told a United Nations commission of inquiry seeking to shed light on the atrocities committed by Kim Jong-un's regime.

    Michael Kirby, a former judge on Australia's High Court who steers a one-year commission of inquiry on North Korea set up in March by the UN Human Rights Council, has collected the testimonies of former prisoners and exiles who fled the persecution of one of the most repressive regimes in the world.

    "Testimony heard thus far points to widespread and serious violations in all areas," Kirby said.

    "We will seek to determine which state institutions and officials carry responsibility for gross human rights violations proved to have been committed," he explained.

    Indeed, "We have, in a preliminary way, received testimony that identifies persons who are in charge of particular prison camps," as well as the chain of command.

    "The commission listened to political prison camp survivors who suffered through childhoods of starvation and unspeakable atrocities as a product of the 'guilt by association' practice, punishing other generations for a family member's perceived political views or affiliation," he told the council.

    The reference here is to the doctrine conceived by the "father of the nation" Kim Il-sung, according to whom political or civil offenders must be punished for "three generations".

    Some of the evidence gathered in South Korea and Japan from North Korean exiles is truly applaing.

    One man imprisoned from birth lived on rodents, lizards and grass, and witnessed the execution of his mother and brother; a woman saw a fellow inmate forced to drown her own baby in a bucket; and a man was obliged to burn the corpses of starved inmates and scatter their ashes on vegetable patches.

    Pyongyang has not allowed UN inspectors into the country and has refused to provide information about state-run concentration camps, which hold about 300,000 people according to some estimates.

    North Korea said those behind the allegations were "human scum", but Kirby said, "An ounce of evidence is worth far more than many pounds of insults and baseless attacks."

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    04/01/2007 UNITED NATIONS – NORTH KOREA
    North Korea and the Middle East, Ban Ki-moon’s top priorities
    In his first news conference, the new UN secretary general calls for greater collective involvement in solving crises like the North Korea stand-off, Sudan, Middle East, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. He states his first policy goals as the UN calls on the Iraqi president to suspend death sentences.

    23/01/2013 NORTH KOREA - UNITED NATIONS
    Pyongyang tells UN, it will pursue its nuclear programme
    UN Security Council votes unanimously (China included) to boost sanctions against the Stalinist regime for pursuing its rocket programme. For Pyongyang, the decision is undemocratic and unrealistic; denuclearisation will come when the whole world does it.

    11/10/2006 NORTH KOREA – SOUTH KOREA
    Pyongyang threatens UN, sanctions mean war
    Tokyo and Washington adopt unilateral measures against Pyongyang; both want use of force included in any UN sanctions. Beijing calls for calm but agrees to a tough response. Seoul dithers.

    17/11/2006 SOUTH KOREA – NORTH KOREA – UNITED NATIONS
    Seoul to vote for UN resolution on human rights violations in North Korea
    For the first time ever, South Korea will join the international community to condemn human rights abuses by Pyongyang. The change was likely due to the election of a South Korean, Ban Ki-moon, to the UN's top job.

    30/10/2006 NORTH KOREA
    North Korea celebrates nuclear test while firing and selling more arms

    "Spontaneous" manifestations of joy for the nuclear test of 9 October took place. Before the feasting, Pyongyang launched five missiles and, according to American charges, has sold at least 40 to African and Middle Eastern countries.





    Editor's choices

    IRAQ
    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter

    Bernardo Cervellera

    As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.


    IRAQ
    Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home

    P. Samir Youssef

    In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®