North Korea (North Korea) executed citizens who circulated South Korean (South Korean) videos. Photos/Illustrations
SEOUL – North Korea (North Korea) executed its citizens who circulated the video South Korea (Carousel). North Korea also does the same for its citizens who are involved in drugs and security activities.
That’s the report of South Korea’s Ministry of Unification, which handles inter-Korean affairs. The 450-page report is based on testimony from more than 500 North Koreans who fled their homeland collected from 2017 to 2022.
“North Koreans’ right to life appears to be severely threatened,” the ministry said in the report.
“Executions are widely carried out for acts that do not justify the death penalty, including drug crimes, distribution of South Korean videos, and religious activities and superstitions,” the ministry continued as quoted by US News from Reuters, Thursday (30/3/2023).
Reuters was unable to independently verify the South Korean government’s findings but that aligns with the UN investigation and reports from non-governmental organisations.
North Korea has rejected criticism of its human rights conditions as part of a plot to overthrow its ruler.
The report provides details of state-led rights abuses that are rampant in communities, prison camps and elsewhere, including public executions, torture and arbitrary arrests.
“Death and torture regularly occur in detention facilities and some people are executed after being caught trying to cross the border,” the ministry said.
The report comes as South Korea seeks to highlight its isolated neighbor’s failure to improve living conditions while racing to upgrade its nuclear and missile arsenal.
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