“When we got there, I saw people who didn’t even look human, they looked like animals,” he said. “It was exceptionally frightening.”
It was April 2000. Jung was a seafood trader at a North Korean state-run company that did business with China. He was accused of spying by a co-worker in one of the six gruesome political prison camps set up by Kim Jong Un’s dictator grandfather in the late 1940s.
The “animals” were prisoners who “could not walk properly because they were tortured and starved.”
Many of the men who arrived with rust in the mountain prison, Camp 15, also known as Yodok, spent 16 daily hours of hard labor, usually dangerous logging, little food and only light clothing in cold temperatures Will not survive together. But the conditions at Camp 16, the remote and fearsome one considered the worst in North Korea’s vast penal system, are even more frightening, and no one found a place to escape.
Between the testimony of convicts and female detainees, such as Jung, in the new UN report, there may be an attempt to finally expose North Korea’s murderous penal system. Britain announced on 11 July that they were slapping sanctions on the country for their prison camps. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has predicted that it could be called “a major political conspiracy to jump on the bandwagon of joint policy” – and inadvertently shed light on the camps and that he and his family would not always exist Stayed.
An estimated 120,000 “enemies of the state” are littered with Soviet-style political prison vultures, but even “regular” prison camps are exceptionally ruthless. According to a July United Nations report, about 100 North Korean women, who fled to China and forcibly suffered “humiliating violations”.
“I couldn’t sleep and I worked because I didn’t want to get beaten up. It had spread to the level that I even attempted suicide.
The detainees reported nudity, the discovery of an aggressive body and sometimes forced torture and rape. Many women told UN officials that prison guards tried to get pregnant prisoners to be miscarried or forced them to undergo abortions. There was also a nursery.
Former chairman of the North Korea (HRNK) committee, Robert Cohan, said in an earlier report, “guards killed babies after giving birth or buried them alive.”
At Camp 15, an already dilapidated rust was able to walk after barely nine months of daily punishment, which included being submerged in water, tied to a barber’s chair, while the so-called “pigeon torture” – in this way for hours Tied to the wall That he can neither sit down nor stand.
In an interview with The Post via Zoom from Seoul, South Korea, Jung said that he managed to survive in Camp 15 because instructor-inmates warned him that his family would die if he died in the camp Will be imprisoned
Unlike Camp 16, Jung’s prison was a so-called “revolutionary zone”. Prisoners faced night brainwashing sessions that often lasted until midnight. But these prisoners were sometimes allowed to leave, as the battle was three years later. He swam across the Tumen River in China 12 days after his release and finally entered South Korea. He wife and two children had earlier fled the country and joined him in Seoul.
Despite reports of the death of UN and human rights groups and even American college student Otto Warmbier in 2017, most outsiders are less aware of concentration camps while in custody in North Korea.
North Korea has long followed a “three-generation rule” when dissidents are imprisoned, meaning their entire families often have to accompany them. But no one is left to explain what happens in Camp 16 to be considered a “total control zone”. Captives reportedly work until they are dead, possibly at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site about a mile away.
“It’s like a matrix,” Sean King, an Asian expert at Park Strategies, told the Post. “You are big and severed for governance.”
Greg Scarlieto, The executive director of HNRK said, “The level of brutality in North Korean prison camps is truly unsurpassed in modern history. I have interviewed hundreds of witnesses over the years. When it comes to a Gulag system, they have excluded the Soviet from the Soviet. “
Thomas Burzenthal, an Auschwitz survivor and judge who served in the International Court of Justice, said in 2017 that North Korea’s political prisons are as bad, if not worse, than Nazi death camps.
Jung, now 57, leads No Chan to North Korea, a group he smuggles into the Harmit Kingdom about Hollywood films, South Korean TV, and other outside worlds. According to a recent video watched by US-backed Radio Free Asia, Kim is secretly smuggling North Koreans and watching South Korean soap operas and K-pop music videos, which she arrested dozens of, trembled, shaved their heads , And sent them to the camp for questioning
Having grown up worshiping North Korea’s second supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s father, Jung’s only wish now is to wake up to what he calls the brainwashed people of his former country.
That Kim Jong hates them – but his real displeasure is reserved for world leaders who appeal to him for his own political end.
“I am blaming the big leaders in North Korea and the leaders who enabled them,” Jung said. “South Korea is now a vassal state of the north and they take their orders from the north. Kim is not a general leader who deserves to meet Trump. Kim is a killer. He is not eligible to go on top with world leaders. ”