NK prison camp closed

October 1, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Prison Camp, Torture 

NAGANO, Japan — The North Korean regime is feeling increased pressure over its abysmal human rights record.

The latest challenge came to light Friday, in a report by a reputable Seoul-based online news organization saying that it had confirmed the closing of political prison camp number 22 at Hoeryong, in the far northeastern province of North Hamgyong, near the Chinese and Russian borders.

Daily NK quoted an unnamed source from the locality as saying the inmates were transferred to other camps from Camp 22 starting in March, “after the warden who ran it and another officer ran away to China.”

Camp 22 had figured in a 2004 BBC television documentary alleging that prisoners had been used routinely as human guinea pigs for scientists’ deadly experimentation with chemical agents.

Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/121001/north-korea-human-rights

S. Korea presses Japan on wartime sexual slavery at U.N.

September 30, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Comfort Women, Dokdo, Prison Camp, Sexual Slavery, War Crimes 

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) — In a thinly-veiled swipe at Japan, South Korea’s top diplomat urged the world to make utmost efforts to end “wartime sexual violence” and exhorted any offender to face “the dark side of its history and rectify past wrongdoings.”

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan also implicitly criticized Japan for continuing to claim the South Korean islets of Dokdo, saying “no country should abuse” the rule of law to infringe upon another’s territorial integrity.

Although Kim did not mention Japan by name or directly refer to historical issues raising tensions with Tokyo in his speech, such as so-called “comfort women” and Dokdo, it was the first time South Korea has raised such issues at the U.N. assembly.

 ”Wartime sexual violence is a fundamental infringement of human rights, and is in fact an affront to human dignity and integrity,” Kim said.

Kim urged the world to “make utmost efforts to put an end to such atrocities, not only taking all measures to protect women and girls in armed conflicts, but also providing effective remedies and reparations for victims.”

“It requires a sound historical consciousness and heartfelt soul-searching on any past wrongdoings in order for solid peace and stability to be established between nations,” Kim said.

Read more:http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2012/09/29/82/0301000000AEN20120929001400315F.HTML

Korea refutes Japanese PM’s remarks on wartime sexual slavery

Japan should resolve a long-standing grievance regarding Korean women forced to serve as sex slaves during World War II through a sincere apology and compensation, a senior Seoul official said Monday, refuting published remarks on the matter by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

The issue of Japan’s wartime sexual enslavement of tens of thousands of Korean women for its front-line soldiers is one of the most emotional and unresolved issues between South Korea and Japan.

Korea has pressed Japan to resolve the issue through an apology and compensation for the aging Korean women on a humanitarian level, but Tokyo refuses to do so, saying the matter was already settled by a 1965 treaty that normalized relations between the two countries

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/09/120_120735.html

South Korean president turns up Japan heat: Emperor must apologize

August 15, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Comfort Women, Dokdo, Prison Camp, War Crimes 

SEOUL–Amid a flare-up in nationalistic anti-Japan rhetoric, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has fueled it further with a demand for an apology by Emperor Akihito.

Lee said Akihito would be unwelcome in South Korea without a direct acknowledgment of guilt for Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Akihito acceded to the throne in 1989.

“Although (the emperor) wants to visit South Korea, I have told Japan he can only do so if he visits (the graves of) those who died in independence movements (against Japan) and apologizes to them from his heart,” Lee said Aug. 14, addressing a seminar for teachers in Cheongwon, North Chungcheong province.

It was the first time an incumbent South Korean president had publicly demanded such an apology.

Read more: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201208150066

South Korea-Japan Tensions Heat Up

SEOUL—South Korea President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday directed more criticism at Japan and suggested conditions for a hypothetical visit by the Japanese emperor on the eve of the annual commemoration of Korean independence from its former occupier.

The new remarks came just a few days after Mr. Lee angered Tokyo by visiting the Liancourt Rocks, a set of islets South Korea has controlled since the 1950s but that Japan also claims, and just before the August 15 celebration of liberation from Japan at the end of World War II.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444318104577588791284405330.html

Hidden Gulag Second Edition (April 10, 2012)

Based on extensive interviews with over 60 defectors and more than 40 satellite photos of North Korean political prisoner camps, the report calls for the dismantlement of the vast North Korean gulag system in which 150,000 to 200,000 are incarcerated.

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IKea buys wood from slave masters

December 7, 2011 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: North Korea, Prison Camp, Slave Labor, Torture 

North Korea sell slaves to Russia>Russia uses North Korean slaves to log and mine>Materials worked by slaves sold to Ikea and other industrial buyers.

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