Photos show scale of North Korea’s repressive prison camps

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Paul Armstrong
CNN
December 5, 2013

A satellite image from Kwanliso 16,the largest political prison camp in North Korea.

A satellite image from Kwanliso 16,the largest political prison camp in North Korea.

North Korea is showing no signs of scaling back its fearsome labor camp system, with torture, starvation, rape and death a fact of life for tens of thousand of inmates, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

A satellite image of a village in the northern part of North Korean political camp 16 (Kwanliso) taken in September 2011.

A satellite image of a village in the northern part of North Korean political camp 16 (Kwanliso) taken in September 2011.

The rights group released satellite images, purportedly showing evidence of expansion, including the construction of new housing blocks and production facilities, at two of the isolated regime’s largest camps or “kwanliso” –15 and 16 — used to hold political prisoners.

In June 2010, an image of the political prison camp known as Kwanliso 16 shows a new facility under construction.

In June 2010, an image of the political prison camp known as Kwanliso 16 shows a new facility under construction.

“The gruesome reality of North Korea’s continued investment in this vast network of repression has been exposed,” said Rajiv Narayan, Amnesty International’s East Asia Researcher.

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