Greg Scarlatoiu (@committeehrnk)(@Grigfletcher): Moon has met Kim three times and human rights were raised not once. At what point does appeasement, neglecting DPRK’s crimes against humanity—egregious human rights violations—constitute endorsement?

Oct 18, 2018, 05:27 AM

Photo: CAMP 14 KAECHON The Kaechon political prison camp, also known as Camp 14, was established in 1959 and is located in the center of the country, approximately 40 miles north of Pyongyang, in South Pyongan Province. The DPRK government maintains different systems of labor camps – the kwan-li-so, or political prison camps, and the kwo-hwa-so, or reeducation labor camps – among other types of detention facilities.

Kaechon is approximately 60 square miles in area and is said to hold 15,000 prisoners, all serving life sentences. The camp appears to have been operating since at least the 1960s.

Like all political prison camps in North Korea, Kaechon is designed to segregate from the general prison population those considered “enemies of the State” and “unredeemable” because they have committed political crimes and to punish them for those crimes through unending hard labor. Those sent to the camp include officials perceived to have performed poorly in their job, people who have criticized the regime, and anyone suspected of engaging in anti-government activities. However, some Kaechon prisoners are victims of the regime’s “three generations of punishment,” in which three generations of a prisoner’s family are also sent to the camp and may die there without having committed a crime themselves.

Kaechon is essentially one large total control zone, meaning all prisoners are serving life sentences. Economic activities that employ prisoners as slave labor include mining, textiles, farming, and raising livestock. Induced starvation is common among prisoners, who are driven to catch and eat rodents, frogs, and snakes.

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A young boy covered in dust wearing a British football shirt is ordered to break cliff rocks as other young boys and girls unload blocks of sandstone into sacks and haul them to another destination. They use hammers and axes to repair railway tracks and carry heavy loads on their tiny frames as teachers bark orders at them from just metres away.

Dozens of child slaves have been secretly captured on video doing forced hard labour for up to 10 hours a day under the rule of Kim Jong-un in North Korea. The Mirror obtained the footage from secret informers who used hidden cameras to record the “child chain gangs of North Korea” in Ryanggang and Chagang ¬Provinces over one year.

The paper reported the children were as young as five and no older than eight.

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Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, on Kim Jong-un, the undistinguished dictator of the failed state of North Korea, and Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea. Moon has met Kim three times and human rights were raised not once. When Moon was chief of staff to a previous RoK president, he advised North Korea to abstain from participating in a UN General Assembly resolution on DPRK condemning the North Korean human rights record. At what point does appeasement, neglecting DPRK’s crimes against humanity, constitute endorsement? — the egregious human rights violations pursuant to policies established at the highest levels. Moon Jae-in was a human rights lawyer, but is not using that at all now. Perhaps he never was much interested in human rights, but just using it as a cover to achieve power. He may have been complicit all along in North Korea’s human rights violations.

In RoK, the economy isn't doing well, college grads are having trouble getting work, so he’s putting all his [hopes] in achieving this North-South alliance. He did once [represent?] Marxists. He does understand the gravity of the violations.

Amanda Mortwedt O [a human rights attorney at the Committe...