Prison Camps in North Korea

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In human history, the most famous prison camp is the Auschwitz concentration camp where millions of human beings spent the last of their days. The most notorious group from Auschwitz being the Jews who lost the greatest number of its people and also the most remembered from the concentration camp. A prison camp is defined as “a camp for the confinement of war or political prisoners” (“Prison camps,” Prison camps found in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPNK) have been found to treat its prisoners little more than beasts. The atrocities done in North Korea are unknown but the severity of the camps have left great scars on the people of North Korea. If left unknown, the prison camps in North Korea can mirror Auschwitz’s mass genocide on millions of people. In total, there have been approximately twenty-five prisons in North Korea. However as of 2011 the number of prison camps are officially five. They are: number 22 Hweryong, number 14 Kaechon, number 18 Pukchang, number 16 Hwasong, and number 25 Chongjin. No. 14 Kaechon has between 14,000~ 50,000 prisoners, no. 16 Hwasong has ~ 15,000 prisoners, no. 18 Pukchang has ~15,000-68,000 prisoners, no. 22 Hweryong has10,000~50,000 prisoners, and no. 25 Chongjin has 5,000~5,160 prisoners. These numbers vary due to past testimonies but could also less or more today (Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, "Prisoners in North Korea Today."). According to Soon Ok Lee, a survivor from the Kaechon prison camp, testified in court “there are 200,000 political prisoners in North Korea ("A Survivor: Soon Ok Lee," However the number of prisoners according to the State Security Agency ranges around 130,500 people; numbers are hard to predict due t... ... middle of paper ... ...2009): 8-9. United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. . Williamson, Lucy. "'Life of Hard Labour' in North Korean Camp." BBC News. BBC, 05 Mar. 2011. Web. 08 Apr. 2014. Database Center for North Korean Human Rights. "Prisoners in North Korea Today." Detention Facilities in North Korea Today (2011): 173+. NKDB. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. . "Political Prison Camps in North Korea Today." Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, 2011. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. "A Survivor: Soon Ok Lee." NBCNEWS, 15 Jan. 2003. Web. 08 Apr. 2014. "Prison camp." Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 21 Apr. 2014. .

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