North Korean Prison Camps Grow Larger

By Jack Rendler, North Korea Country Specialist

Satellite image of Political Prison Camp 15, North Korea (aka Yodok)

Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a prison camp in North Korea. ‘Guilt-by-association’ (with his parents) meant that he faced a lifetime of imprisonment. He was tortured along with his father. He was forced to watch the execution of his mother and his brother. He witnessed the deaths of many children under the impossible demands of forced labor.

On May 4, Amnesty International released a new report on prison camps in North Korea, accompanied by satellite images that reveal the scope and location of these facilities. Most are located in vast tracts of wilderness: isolated, remote, harsh. And, over the last ten years, they have grown.

Amnesty estimates that these camps hold at least 200,000 men, women and children (estimates by other human rights groups are much higher.) Untold numbers of innocent North Koreans have passed through and passed away in the camps since they were created 60 years ago. Most have no idea why they were arrested; they are held without charge or trial, without access to an independent judiciary.

Offenses that might lead to arrest include: criticizing the ruling family; listening to unauthorized radio broadcasts; trying to leave the country; performing poorly on the job. Many are held simply because they are related to someone who was detained – husbands, wives, children, grandparents, siblings, cousins.

These citizens of North Korea endure inhuman conditions uncomfortably close to our common understanding of concentration camps. The head of Amnesty’s Asia division has said,

“Hundreds of thousands of people exist with virtually no rights, treated essentially as slaves, in some of the worst circumstances we’ve documented in the last 50 years.”

The majority of these prisoners, including children, are held in areas known as ‘Total Control Zones.’ They are destined to spend their entire lives in filthy, infested, grotesque conditions. Food is scarce and medical care minimal. Forty percent will die of malnutrition. No clothing or blankets are provided, even during the harsh and bitter winters.

Inmates, again including children, are used as slave labor. They spend most of their working hours suffering through arduous and pointless manual labor. Before and after such work, they attend ‘Ideology Struggle Sessions.’

In the camps, torture and execution are routine. Amnesty has found evidence of the use of torture cells, small cubes in which it is impossible to either stand or lie down. Researchers revealed the case of a boy of thirteen confined to a cube for eight months. Many camp infractions, including trying to escape, are punished by executions that inmates are forced to watch.

This is not just a cause for concern, this is an outrage. One way to make sure that nothing changes is for the rest of the world, the rest of us, to remain silent and disengaged. When Amnesty International was founded 50 years ago, one of its aims was to give a voice to the voiceless, to spur the free to act on behalf of the unfree.

If ever there were a time for us to raise our voices, it is now.

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52 thoughts on “North Korean Prison Camps Grow Larger

  1. I'm a little surprised that the entire country can live under such oppression without revolting.

  2. I’m a little surprised that the entire country can live under such oppression without revolting.

  3. It's about time. Amnesty has done six appeals regarding South Korea this year alone, mostly relating to individual cases, and none of which raises the risks of death or torture. Worthy causes, yes, but worthy of so much more attention than what's going on in the North? Really, where on Earth have so many people been suffering so horribly as North Korea? Sudan and D.R. Congo might be comparable, but the perpetrators in those places are mostly non-state actors.

    Meanwhile, private blogs — mine, for instance — have published <a>much more detailed imagery of North Korea's political prison camps starting years ago, including pretty much everything that Amnesty claims to "reveal" now.

    There is a tragic tendency for human rights advocacy groups to criticize the conduct of governments in direct proportion to the degree to which those governments allow access to the evidence of that conduct. The problem with this is that the degree to which governments allow access tends to be inversely proportional to the severity of the abuses those governments commit. Good for Amnesty for (finally, belatedly, but correctly) identifying North Korea as "the last worst place on earth." Let's hope this will be a sustained push.

  4. It's about time. Amnesty has done six appeals regarding South Korea this year alone, mostly relating to individual cases, and none of which raises the risks of death or torture. Worthy causes, yes, but worthy of so much more attention than what's going on in the North? Really, where on Earth have so many people been suffering so horribly as North Korea? Sudan and D.R. Congo might be comparable, but the perpetrators in those places are mostly non-state actors.

    Meanwhile, private blogs — mine, for instance — have published <a>much more detailed imagery of North Korea's political prison camps starting years ago, including pretty much everything that Amnesty claims to "reveal" now.

    There is a tragic tendency for human rights advocacy groups to criticize the conduct of governments in direct proportion to the degree to which those governments allow access to the evidence of that conduct. The problem with this is that the degree to which governments allow access tends to be inversely proportional to the severity of the abuses those governments commit. Good for Amnesty for (finally, belatedly, but correctly) identifying North Korea as "the last worst place on earth." Let's hope this will be a sustained push.

  5. It's about time. Amnesty has done six appeals regarding South Korea this year alone, mostly relating to individual cases, and none of which raises the risks of death or torture. Worthy causes, yes, but worthy of so much more attention than what's going on in the North? Really, where on Earth have so many people been suffering so horribly as North Korea? Sudan and D.R. Congo might be comparable, but the perpetrators in those places are mostly non-state actors.

    Meanwhile, private blogs — mine, for instance — have published <a>much more detailed imagery of North Korea's political prison camps starting years ago, including pretty much everything that Amnesty claims to "reveal" now.

    There is a tragic tendency for human rights advocacy groups to criticize the conduct of governments in direct proportion to the degree to which those governments allow access to the evidence of that conduct. The problem with this is that the degree to which governments allow access tends to be inversely proportional to the severity of the abuses those governments commit. Good for Amnesty for (finally, belatedly, but correctly) identifying North Korea as "the last worst place on earth." Let's hope this will be a sustained push.

  6. It’s about time. Amnesty has done six appeals regarding South Korea this year alone, mostly relating to individual cases, and none of which raises the risks of death or torture. Worthy causes, yes, but worthy of so much more attention than what’s going on in the North? Really, where on Earth have so many people been suffering so horribly as North Korea? Sudan and D.R. Congo might be comparable, but the perpetrators in those places are mostly non-state actors.

    Meanwhile, private blogs — mine, for instance — have published much more detailed imagery of North Korea’s political prison camps starting years ago, including pretty much everything that Amnesty claims to “reveal” now.

    There is a tragic tendency for human rights advocacy groups to criticize the conduct of governments in direct proportion to the degree to which those governments allow access to the evidence of that conduct. The problem with this is that the degree to which governments allow access tends to be inversely proportional to the severity of the abuses those governments commit. Good for Amnesty for (finally, belatedly, but correctly) identifying North Korea as “the last worst place on earth.” Let’s hope this will be a sustained push.

  7. Dear the representatives of the Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch, and the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights.

    We are "Cyber Security Guard-The Blue Eyes", Non-Governmental, Korean Netizen Association who work for protection of the liberal democracy and the constitution in the Republic of Korea, and the improvement of the North Korean's Human rights.
    ( http://cafe.naver.com/iblueeyes )

    We really appreciate for improving human rights all around the world including the Republic of Korea, ROK.

    But we're concerned about your recommendation of abolishing the National Security Law, so we have a favor about reconsidering your people who sent a report abolishing National Security Law.

    Korea is the last place where there is a possibility to break out the war between the Liberal Democrats and the Communists. We Korean people are still living in high-risk threat for communization of North Korea. You should remember two cases, 'Cheonan sinking' and 'Bombardment of Yeonpyeong'.

    And North Korea is threating the peace of the world by the producing counterfeit dollar, manufacturing and exporting weapons of mass destruction and drugs, and North Korean people fear and starve to death, without minimum human rights guarantee.

    National Security Law is the corner stone to keep the liberal democracy in the Republic of Korea, and it is the law to punish and to restrict people who are supporters and spies by North Korea trying to assassinate prominent people of the ROK, strike terror, and cause confusion in society to make the Republic of Korea a communist state.
    Even though you recommend that the ROK government abrogate National Security Law, it is not the law to offend freedom and idea of individual in Korea. That is the law prescribed by the constitution of Korea in amendment 37 which precedes the basic human rights to ensure freedom of conscience, knowledge and publishing.

    Although the Constitution of the ROK accepts the freedom of variety, ideology and conscience, it doesn't mean that tolerating negates and destroys the Liberal Democracy, National Polity of the ROK. So National Security Law was established.

    No country tolerates to destroy national polity. Thus, Most people of the ROK who don't negate national polity and who don't want national polity to be destroyed are not violated their freedom.

    At present, There are no conscientious prisoners who violate National Security Law in ROK. And the Amnesty defines a conscience;『who didn't use violence or advocate violence 』

    Pro-North Korean socialists, proponents of the North Korea Govt in the ROK regard the prisoners who violate National Security Law as a prisoners of conscience. But they aren't real prisoners of conscience. They just the anti-national, communist prisoners.

    On February 2011, "Socialist Labor Union(SLU)", was established in 2008, was given a decision that they included 'Association for rebellion' because of National Security Law.

    The higher court of ROK revealed a sentence this year," Socialist Labor Union which is a group for a coup d´etat and it is an association which disregards for freedom of individual and democracy guaranteed by the constitution of ROK, and it pursues to turn over the present government of the ROK with violent revolution and to rise in arms for the purpose to build a new government after it establishes a party by socialists before.
    But Catherine Baber, Asia-Pacific Deputy Programme Director of the Amnesty said, "How to threaten the national security by doing distribute printout?", as proponents of the North Korea government say. But we have our doubts about whether he discounts the truth or not.

    In ROK, No one shall be punished blaming the President. Rather, Someone insists "Isn't so harsh that no one be judged who blame the President?" This means ROK guarantee the freedom of expression.

    As Catherine Baber says, "The National Security Law is incorrectly used to block the citizen who exercise freedom of expression and assembly, and to prosecute the objectors of governmential policy. Thus, We're so concerned about what you say is same as proponents of North Korea Govt. say.

    Furthermore, This is the arrogation which insisting reversal or censure the court decision, guilty.

    And you'd better protect North Korean people's human rights rather than blaming national security law. It is more suitable for the improvement human rights all around the people of the world.

    Please tell them who you are protecting.

    " Have you censured injustice of North Korean Goverment's existence and have you agitated for improving human rights of North Korean People? "

    Cyber Security Guard-The Blue Eyes

  8. Dear the representatives of the Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch, and the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights.

    We are "Cyber Security Guard-The Blue Eyes", Non-Governmental, Korean Netizen Association who work for protection of the liberal democracy and the constitution in the Republic of Korea, and the improvement of the North Korean's Human rights.
    ( http://cafe.naver.com/iblueeyes )

    We really appreciate for improving human rights all around the world including the Republic of Korea, ROK.

    But we're concerned about your recommendation of abolishing the National Security Law, so we have a favor about reconsidering your people who sent a report abolishing National Security Law.

    Korea is the last place where there is a possibility to break out the war between the Liberal Democrats and the Communists. We Korean people are still living in high-risk threat for communization of North Korea. You should remember two cases, 'Cheonan sinking' and 'Bombardment of Yeonpyeong'.

    And North Korea is threating the peace of the world by the producing counterfeit dollar, manufacturing and exporting weapons of mass destruction and drugs, and North Korean people fear and starve to death, without minimum human rights guarantee.

    National Security Law is the corner stone to keep the liberal democracy in the Republic of Korea, and it is the law to punish and to restrict people who are supporters and spies by North Korea trying to assassinate prominent people of the ROK, strike terror, and cause confusion in society to make the Republic of Korea a communist state.
    Even though you recommend that the ROK government abrogate National Security Law, it is not the law to offend freedom and idea of individual in Korea. That is the law prescribed by the constitution of Korea in amendment 37 which precedes the basic human rights to ensure freedom of conscience, knowledge and publishing.

    Although the Constitution of the ROK accepts the freedom of variety, ideology and conscience, it doesn't mean that tolerating negates and destroys the Liberal Democracy, National Polity of the ROK. So National Security Law was established.

    No country tolerates to destroy national polity. Thus, Most people of the ROK who don't negate national polity and who don't want national polity to be destroyed are not violated their freedom.

    At present, There are no conscientious prisoners who violate National Security Law in ROK. And the Amnesty defines a conscience;『who didn't use violence or advocate violence 』

    Pro-North Korean socialists, proponents of the North Korea Govt in the ROK regard the prisoners who violate National Security Law as a prisoners of conscience. But they aren't real prisoners of conscience. They just the anti-national, communist prisoners.

    On February 2011, "Socialist Labor Union(SLU)", was established in 2008, was given a decision that they included 'Association for rebellion' because of National Security Law.

    The higher court of ROK revealed a sentence this year," Socialist Labor Union which is a group for a coup d´etat and it is an association which disregards for freedom of individual and democracy guaranteed by the constitution of ROK, and it pursues to turn over the present government of the ROK with violent revolution and to rise in arms for the purpose to build a new government after it establishes a party by socialists before.
    But Catherine Baber, Asia-Pacific Deputy Programme Director of the Amnesty said, "How to threaten the national security by doing distribute printout?", as proponents of the North Korea government say. But we have our doubts about whether he discounts the truth or not.

    In ROK, No one shall be punished blaming the President. Rather, Someone insists "Isn't so harsh that no one be judged who blame the President?" This means ROK guarantee the freedom of expression.

    As Catherine Baber says, "The National Security Law is incorrectly used to block the citizen who exercise freedom of expression and assembly, and to prosecute the objectors of governmential policy. Thus, We're so concerned about what you say is same as proponents of North Korea Govt. say.

    Furthermore, This is the arrogation which insisting reversal or censure the court decision, guilty.

    And you'd better protect North Korean people's human rights rather than blaming national security law. It is more suitable for the improvement human rights all around the people of the world.

    Please tell them who you are protecting.

    " Have you censured injustice of North Korean Goverment's existence and have you agitated for improving human rights of North Korean People? "

    Cyber Security Guard-The Blue Eyes

  9. Dear the representatives of the Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch, and the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights.

    We are "Cyber Security Guard-The Blue Eyes", Non-Governmental, Korean Netizen Association who work for protection of the liberal democracy and the constitution in the Republic of Korea, and the improvement of the North Korean's Human rights.
    ( http://cafe.naver.com/iblueeyes )

    We really appreciate for improving human rights all around the world including the Republic of Korea, ROK.

    But we're concerned about your recommendation of abolishing the National Security Law, so we have a favor about reconsidering your people who sent a report abolishing National Security Law.

    Korea is the last place where there is a possibility to break out the war between the Liberal Democrats and the Communists. We Korean people are still living in high-risk threat for communization of North Korea. You should remember two cases, 'Cheonan sinking' and 'Bombardment of Yeonpyeong'.

    And North Korea is threating the peace of the world by the producing counterfeit dollar, manufacturing and exporting weapons of mass destruction and drugs, and North Korean people fear and starve to death, without minimum human rights guarantee.

    National Security Law is the corner stone to keep the liberal democracy in the Republic of Korea, and it is the law to punish and to restrict people who are supporters and spies by North Korea trying to assassinate prominent people of the ROK, strike terror, and cause confusion in society to make the Republic of Korea a communist state.
    Even though you recommend that the ROK government abrogate National Security Law, it is not the law to offend freedom and idea of individual in Korea. That is the law prescribed by the constitution of Korea in amendment 37 which precedes the basic human rights to ensure freedom of conscience, knowledge and publishing.

    Although the Constitution of the ROK accepts the freedom of variety, ideology and conscience, it doesn't mean that tolerating negates and destroys the Liberal Democracy, National Polity of the ROK. So National Security Law was established.

    No country tolerates to destroy national polity. Thus, Most people of the ROK who don't negate national polity and who don't want national polity to be destroyed are not violated their freedom.

    At present, There are no conscientious prisoners who violate National Security Law in ROK. And the Amnesty defines a conscience;『who didn't use violence or advocate violence 』

    Pro-North Korean socialists, proponents of the North Korea Govt in the ROK regard the prisoners who violate National Security Law as a prisoners of conscience. But they aren't real prisoners of conscience. They just the anti-national, communist prisoners.

    On February 2011, "Socialist Labor Union(SLU)", was established in 2008, was given a decision that they included 'Association for rebellion' because of National Security Law.

    The higher court of ROK revealed a sentence this year," Socialist Labor Union which is a group for a coup d´etat and it is an association which disregards for freedom of individual and democracy guaranteed by the constitution of ROK, and it pursues to turn over the present government of the ROK with violent revolution and to rise in arms for the purpose to build a new government after it establishes a party by socialists before.
    But Catherine Baber, Asia-Pacific Deputy Programme Director of the Amnesty said, "How to threaten the national security by doing distribute printout?", as proponents of the North Korea government say. But we have our doubts about whether he discounts the truth or not.

    In ROK, No one shall be punished blaming the President. Rather, Someone insists "Isn't so harsh that no one be judged who blame the President?" This means ROK guarantee the freedom of expression.

    As Catherine Baber says, "The National Security Law is incorrectly used to block the citizen who exercise freedom of expression and assembly, and to prosecute the objectors of governmential policy. Thus, We're so concerned about what you say is same as proponents of North Korea Govt. say.

    Furthermore, This is the arrogation which insisting reversal or censure the court decision, guilty.

    And you'd better protect North Korean people's human rights rather than blaming national security law. It is more suitable for the improvement human rights all around the people of the world.

    Please tell them who you are protecting.

    " Have you censured injustice of North Korean Goverment's existence and have you agitated for improving human rights of North Korean People? "

    Cyber Security Guard-The Blue Eyes

  10. What is most revolting about this all is how such an regime could get so far and for so long.

    That gets even more disgusting when you consider South Korea and how good life there had become.

    Maybe the succession wont change much, after all, we just saw something like that happened in Cuba sometime ago and everything remained the same…

  11. Dear the representatives of the Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch, and the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights.

    We are “Cyber Security Guard-The Blue Eyes”, Non-Governmental, Korean Netizen Association who work for protection of the liberal democracy and the constitution in the Republic of Korea, and the improvement of the North Korean’s Human rights.
    ( http://cafe.naver.com/iblueeyes )

    We really appreciate for improving human rights all around the world including the Republic of Korea, ROK.

    But we’re concerned about your recommendation of abolishing the National Security Law, so we have a favor about reconsidering your people who sent a report abolishing National Security Law.

    Korea is the last place where there is a possibility to break out the war between the Liberal Democrats and the Communists. We Korean people are still living in high-risk threat for communization of North Korea. You should remember two cases, ‘Cheonan sinking’ and ‘Bombardment of Yeonpyeong’.

    And North Korea is threating the peace of the world by the producing counterfeit dollar, manufacturing and exporting weapons of mass destruction and drugs, and North Korean people fear and starve to death, without minimum human rights guarantee.

    National Security Law is the corner stone to keep the liberal democracy in the Republic of Korea, and it is the law to punish and to restrict people who are supporters and spies by North Korea trying to assassinate prominent people of the ROK, strike terror, and cause confusion in society to make the Republic of Korea a communist state.
    Even though you recommend that the ROK government abrogate National Security Law, it is not the law to offend freedom and idea of individual in Korea. That is the law prescribed by the constitution of Korea in amendment 37 which precedes the basic human rights to ensure freedom of conscience, knowledge and publishing.

    Although the Constitution of the ROK accepts the freedom of variety, ideology and conscience, it doesn’t mean that tolerating negates and destroys the Liberal Democracy, National Polity of the ROK. So National Security Law was established.

    No country tolerates to destroy national polity. Thus, Most people of the ROK who don’t negate national polity and who don’t want national polity to be destroyed are not violated their freedom.

    At present, There are no conscientious prisoners who violate National Security Law in ROK. And the Amnesty defines a conscience;『who didn’t use violence or advocate violence 』

    Pro-North Korean socialists, proponents of the North Korea Govt in the ROK regard the prisoners who violate National Security Law as a prisoners of conscience. But they aren’t real prisoners of conscience. They just the anti-national, communist prisoners.

    On February 2011, “Socialist Labor Union(SLU)”, was established in 2008, was given a decision that they included ‘Association for rebellion’ because of National Security Law.

    The higher court of ROK revealed a sentence this year,” Socialist Labor Union which is a group for a coup d´etat and it is an association which disregards for freedom of individual and democracy guaranteed by the constitution of ROK, and it pursues to turn over the present government of the ROK with violent revolution and to rise in arms for the purpose to build a new government after it establishes a party by socialists before.
    But Catherine Baber, Asia-Pacific Deputy Programme Director of the Amnesty said, “How to threaten the national security by doing distribute printout?”, as proponents of the North Korea government say. But we have our doubts about whether he discounts the truth or not.

    In ROK, No one shall be punished blaming the President. Rather, Someone insists “Isn’t so harsh that no one be judged who blame the President?” This means ROK guarantee the freedom of expression.

    As Catherine Baber says, “The National Security Law is incorrectly used to block the citizen who exercise freedom of expression and assembly, and to prosecute the objectors of governmential policy. Thus, We’re so concerned about what you say is same as proponents of North Korea Govt. say.

    Furthermore, This is the arrogation which insisting reversal or censure the court decision, guilty.

    And you’d better protect North Korean people’s human rights rather than blaming national security law. It is more suitable for the improvement human rights all around the people of the world.

    Please tell them who you are protecting.

    ” Have you censured injustice of North Korean Goverment’s existence and have you agitated for improving human rights of North Korean People? ”

    Cyber Security Guard-The Blue Eyes

  12. What is most revolting about this all is how such an regime could get so far and for so long.

    That gets even more disgusting when you consider South Korea and how good life there had become.

    Maybe the succession wont change much, after all, we just saw something like that happened in Cuba sometime ago and everything remained the same…

  13. i wholeheartedly concur with Amnesty's report & condemnation of the mass imprisonment in the gulag here.

    But i don't go with labels like the "The last worst place on earth". i loathe these labels. They tell me nothing except about those who use them.

    Just like the words above by "cyberblueeye".

    "We are the security guard" ? "THE Blue Eyes" ? is that a triad ? "We" ? ?
    What kind of Orwellian surveill -& – control freaks speaking for "the national polity" do we have here ?
    Dismissing S Korea's prisoners as just commie "agents" ?

    ***** *****

    1. "cyberblueeye" talks of the sinking of the Cheonan.

    S Korea held a one sided investigation on this incident.

    It refused to let N Korea participate, or even see the evidence, & blamed a Northern sub for torpedoing the Cheonan.

    A Russian investigative team determined the sinking was likely caused by an accidental encounter with a sea mine.

    ***** *****

    2. "cyberblueeye" talks of the Yeongpeong island incident.

    That island's in disputed waters.

    US General Mark Clark unilaterally drew the border here.

    Clark didn't draw a balanced, fair, perpendicular line.

    He drew the line sharply up, giving S Korea islands & a major fishing area, willfully disadvantaging the North.

    Of course N Korea didn't recognize this cockeyed border.

    But every year S Korea & the US hold military drills on this contested border, the South with as many as 70, 000 troops, dozens of Southern & US warships & as many as 500 aircraft, to frighten & threaten N Korea.

    In this particular incident the Southern forces on the island began firing live shells into the North's territorial waters.

    The North's calls to stop the shelling went unheeded.

    The North's ultimate countershelling is understandable, but it was overkill, & led to a senseless loss of lives on the island.

    The North subsequently backed off from further conflict on this point.

    ******** **********

    The current S Korean President, Lee Myungbak is a troublemaker & a warmongerer.

    He torpedoed former President Roh's Sunshine Policy.

    He shut down all the communications channels with the North that had previously ended several potential conflicts.

    He cancelled all the economic agreements between North & South.

    He scrapped the railroad goods route.

    He stopped the family reunions.

    & he isolated himself as a result.

    " The Blue Eyes ?"

    Is that another attempt at intimidation ?

    It definitely sounds like it.

  14. Who is to be blamed???
    Those who devided the country in to 2 – north &south.
    north korea will never listen to AI, hrw or any other organization. So, it is up to those who devided korea and put it to this mess to untangle the mess. A few will die, but, thereon, there will be long lasting peace. Ex. Sri Lanka – Retarded terrorists gone and the country is so so peaceful .

    AI – better start looking in those angels.

  15. i wholeheartedly concur with Amnesty’s report & condemnation of the mass imprisonment in the gulag here.

    But i don’t go with labels like the “The last worst place on earth”. i loathe these labels. They tell me nothing except about those who use them.

    Just like the words above by “cyberblueeye”.

    “We are the security guard” ? “THE Blue Eyes” ? is that a triad ? “We” ? ?
    What kind of Orwellian surveill -& – control freaks speaking for “the national polity” do we have here ?
    Dismissing S Korea’s prisoners as just commie “agents” ?

    ***** *****

    1. “cyberblueeye” talks of the sinking of the Cheonan.

    S Korea held a one sided investigation on this incident.

    It refused to let N Korea participate, or even see the evidence, & blamed a Northern sub for torpedoing the Cheonan.

    A Russian investigative team determined the sinking was likely caused by an accidental encounter with a sea mine.

    ***** *****

    2. “cyberblueeye” talks of the Yeongpeong island incident.

    That island’s in disputed waters.

    US General Mark Clark unilaterally drew the border here.

    Clark didn’t draw a balanced, fair, perpendicular line.

    He drew the line sharply up, giving S Korea islands & a major fishing area, willfully disadvantaging the North.

    Of course N Korea didn’t recognize this cockeyed border.

    But every year S Korea & the US hold military drills on this contested border, the South with as many as 70, 000 troops, dozens of Southern & US warships & as many as 500 aircraft, to frighten & threaten N Korea.

    In this particular incident the Southern forces on the island began firing live shells into the North’s territorial waters.

    The North’s calls to stop the shelling went unheeded.

    The North’s ultimate countershelling is understandable, but it was overkill, & led to a senseless loss of lives on the island.

    The North subsequently backed off from further conflict on this point.

    ******** **********

    The current S Korean President, Lee Myungbak is a troublemaker & a warmongerer.

    He torpedoed former President Roh’s Sunshine Policy.

    He shut down all the communications channels with the North that had previously ended several potential conflicts.

    He cancelled all the economic agreements between North & South.

    He scrapped the railroad goods route.

    He stopped the family reunions.

    & he isolated himself as a result.

    ” The Blue Eyes ?”

    Is that another attempt at intimidation ?

    It definitely sounds like it.

  16. Who is to be blamed???
    Those who devided the country in to 2 – north &south.
    north korea will never listen to AI, hrw or any other organization. So, it is up to those who devided korea and put it to this mess to untangle the mess. A few will die, but, thereon, there will be long lasting peace. Ex. Sri Lanka – Retarded terrorists gone and the country is so so peaceful .

    AI – better start looking in those angels.

  17. Aathy = LTTE??

    Both are reatarded Terrorists..

    If you ready English right, what I have meant is to get rid of dictatorship which is similar to LTTE and to join the 2 nations back as a democracy and for AI to press for that..

  18. Aathy = LTTE??

    Both are reatarded Terrorists..

    If you ready English right, what I have meant is to get rid of dictatorship which is similar to LTTE and to join the 2 nations back as a democracy and for AI to press for that..

  19. @ Aathy
    North Korea was a friendly partner of the LTTE. It sold weapons to the LTTE.

    "… the Sri Lanka navy tried to capture the smuggling vessel on October in 2006 and February this year, the smuggling vessel opened fire so the Sri Lankan navy shot them down. On March in 2007, the Sri Lankan navy took the North Korean vessel near the shore and confiscated the North Korean weapons and arrested the captains." http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk

    How do we know this to be true?

    "Asked what evidence would prove his facts, Dr.Gunaratna said that he was able to interview some LTTE members who were involved in transporting weapons. Some of them even had stayed in North Korea, he said."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/10/1

    A very bad investment decision by the LTTE Diaspora, no? What a shame :)

    Action against NK is one AI campaign that we can all (except for a.savage) agree on!

  20. @ Aathy
    North Korea was a friendly partner of the LTTE. It sold weapons to the LTTE.

    "… the Sri Lanka navy tried to capture the smuggling vessel on October in 2006 and February this year, the smuggling vessel opened fire so the Sri Lankan navy shot them down. On March in 2007, the Sri Lankan navy took the North Korean vessel near the shore and confiscated the North Korean weapons and arrested the captains." http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk

    How do we know this to be true?

    "Asked what evidence would prove his facts, Dr.Gunaratna said that he was able to interview some LTTE members who were involved in transporting weapons. Some of them even had stayed in North Korea, he said."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/10/1

    A very bad investment decision by the LTTE Diaspora, no? What a shame :)

    Action against NK is one AI campaign that we can all (except for a.savage) agree on!

  21. @ Aathy
    North Korea was a friendly partner of the LTTE. It sold weapons to the LTTE.

    "… the Sri Lanka navy tried to capture the smuggling vessel on October in 2006 and February this year, the smuggling vessel opened fire so the Sri Lankan navy shot them down. On March in 2007, the Sri Lankan navy took the North Korean vessel near the shore and confiscated the North Korean weapons and arrested the captains." http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk

    How do we know this to be true?

    "Asked what evidence would prove his facts, Dr.Gunaratna said that he was able to interview some LTTE members who were involved in transporting weapons. Some of them even had stayed in North Korea, he said."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/10/1

    A very bad investment decision by the LTTE Diaspora, no? What a shame :)

    Action against NK is one AI campaign that we can all (except for a.savage) agree on!

  22. Ryp Van Winkle = singhala state terror
    do you think india may bail out you from Mass Murder War crime? http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/srilanka

    Mango http://turtlebay.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/
    Sri Lanka potentially violated U.N. sanctions against Iran and North Korea, according to a confidential U.S. cable obtained by WikiLeaks and published by the Norwegian daily Aftenpost. According to the cable, Sri Lankan officials sought to procure grenade launchers, ship-borne rocket systems and other military equipment from Tehran and Pyongyang.

  23. @ Aathy
    North Korea was a friendly partner of the LTTE. It sold weapons to the LTTE.

    “… the Sri Lanka navy tried to capture the smuggling vessel on October in 2006 and February this year, the smuggling vessel opened fire so the Sri Lankan navy shot them down. On March in 2007, the Sri Lankan navy took the North Korean vessel near the shore and confiscated the North Korean weapons and arrested the captains.”
    http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=2709

    How do we know this to be true?

    “Asked what evidence would prove his facts, Dr.Gunaratna said that he was able to interview some LTTE members who were involved in transporting weapons. Some of them even had stayed in North Korea, he said.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2010/10/101002_weapons.shtml

    A very bad investment decision by the LTTE Diaspora, no? What a shame :)

    Action against NK is one AI campaign that we can all (except for a.savage) agree on!

  24. Ryp Van Winkle = singhala state terror
    do you think india may bail out you from Mass Murder War crime? http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/srilanka

    Mango http://turtlebay.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/
    Sri Lanka potentially violated U.N. sanctions against Iran and North Korea, according to a confidential U.S. cable obtained by WikiLeaks and published by the Norwegian daily Aftenpost. According to the cable, Sri Lankan officials sought to procure grenade launchers, ship-borne rocket systems and other military equipment from Tehran and Pyongyang.

  25. Ryp Van Winkle = singhala state terror
    do you think india may bail out you from Mass Murder War crime? http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/srilanka

    Mango http://turtlebay.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/
    Sri Lanka potentially violated U.N. sanctions against Iran and North Korea, according to a confidential U.S. cable obtained by WikiLeaks and published by the Norwegian daily Aftenpost. According to the cable, Sri Lankan officials sought to procure grenade launchers, ship-borne rocket systems and other military equipment from Tehran and Pyongyang.

  26. Dear Retarded Aathy,

    1. This post is about North Korea and it's atrocities to the innocent North Koreans and not for the whining Retarded LTTE terrorists

    2. Will you have the guts to call Obama an American state Terror for getting rid of an Equally retarded Osama Bin Laden?

    3. Sri Lanka can fight on it's own and we know that we will have sufficient allies who have understood the situation, who knew the situation and who supported througout the war against terrorism. India is no exception and we basically don't care about your dillusions of India saving you.

    4. LTTE had Chinese Artillary guns + other modern weaponary of west – that doesn't mean that they supported the retarded LTTE. though you are retarded, may be those who have logical brains will understand that you don't call that supporting.

    And for the last time – this is a post on North Korea – Stick to it without being an ass (keep aside being retarded)

  27. Ryp Van Winkle = singhala state terror
    do you think india may bail out you from Mass Murder War crime?
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/srilanka/UN-report-in-hand-Lanka-FM-in-Delhi/Article1-697977.aspx

    Mango
    http://turtlebay.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/01/05/sri_lanka_seeks_weapons_from_rogue_states_earns_us_ire
    Sri Lanka potentially violated U.N. sanctions against Iran and North Korea, according to a confidential U.S. cable obtained by WikiLeaks and published by the Norwegian daily Aftenpost. According to the cable, Sri Lankan officials sought to procure grenade launchers, ship-borne rocket systems and other military equipment from Tehran and Pyongyang.

  28. Dear Retarded Aathy,

    1. This post is about North Korea and it’s atrocities to the innocent North Koreans and not for the whining Retarded LTTE terrorists

    2. Will you have the guts to call Obama an American state Terror for getting rid of an Equally retarded Osama Bin Laden?

    3. Sri Lanka can fight on it’s own and we know that we will have sufficient allies who have understood the situation, who knew the situation and who supported througout the war against terrorism. India is no exception and we basically don’t care about your dillusions of India saving you.

    4. LTTE had Chinese Artillary guns + other modern weaponary of west – that doesn’t mean that they supported the retarded LTTE. though you are retarded, may be those who have logical brains will understand that you don’t call that supporting.

    And for the last time – this is a post on North Korea – Stick to it without being an ass (keep aside being retarded)

  29. Why is there such swift NATO, UN and International Criminal Court actions against Muammar Gaddafi and never any action against North Korea's dictator? Is it because of the wealth of the family? Gaddafi had billions of dollars invested in Europe and the United States. Does Il's family have more?

  30. Why is there such swift NATO, UN and International Criminal Court actions against Muammar Gaddafi and never any action against North Korea’s dictator? Is it because of the wealth of the family? Gaddafi had billions of dollars invested in Europe and the United States. Does Il’s family have more?

  31. Aathy Says:

    May 15th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Hey Retard !

    If Murder of Tamils was a Policy of Any Government, that was the illegal government of LTTE retarded Terrorists.

    See the list !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki

    Also, click on Rip Van Winkle to check the rest of the killings.

    We hail great Tamils of our time like Lakshman K, Neelan T etc. and not kill them like your retarded Terrorists did.

    So, find some true and good arguments if you want to write on these blogs than blabber from your rectum.

  32. Aathy Says:

    May 15th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Hey Retard !

    If Murder of Tamils was a Policy of Any Government, that was the illegal government of LTTE retarded Terrorists.

    See the list !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki

    Also, click on Rip Van Winkle to check the rest of the killings.

    We hail great Tamils of our time like Lakshman K, Neelan T etc. and not kill them like your retarded Terrorists did.

    So, find some true and good arguments if you want to write on these blogs than blabber from your rectum.

  33. Aathy Says:

    May 15th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Hey Retard !

    If Murder of Tamils was a Policy of Any Government, that was the illegal government of LTTE retarded Terrorists.

    See the list !!
    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_ki

    Also, click on Rip Van Winkle to check the rest of the killings.

    We hail great Tamils of our time like Lakshman K, Neelan T etc. and not kill them like your retarded Terrorists did.

    So, find some true and good arguments if you want to write on these blogs than blabber from your rectum.

  34. Michelle Says:

    May 18th, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    Why is there such swift NATO, UN and International Criminal Court actions against Muammar Gaddafi and never any action against North Korea’s dictator? Is it because of the wealth of the family? Gaddafi had billions of dollars invested in Europe and the United States. Does Il’s family have more?

    Brilliant question !!

    I guess the NATO and the west as a whole is shit scared of th world's 4th largest Army in North Korea. They always like to bully the smaller countries….

    If they so worry about HR, they should attack NK and get rid of the leaders there – Oh, I forgot, there is no OIL there !

  35. Aathy Says:

    May 15th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Hey Retard !

    If Murder of Tamils was a Policy of Any Government, that was the illegal government of LTTE retarded Terrorists.

    See the list !!

    http://www.spur.asn.au/prominent_tamil_leaders_killed.htm

    Also, click on Rip Van Winkle to check the rest of the killings.

    We hail great Tamils of our time like Lakshman K, Neelan T etc. and not kill them like your retarded Terrorists did.

    So, find some true and good arguments if you want to write on these blogs than blabber from your rectum.

  36. Michelle Says:

    May 18th, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    Why is there such swift NATO, UN and International Criminal Court actions against Muammar Gaddafi and never any action against North Korea’s dictator? Is it because of the wealth of the family? Gaddafi had billions of dollars invested in Europe and the United States. Does Il’s family have more?

    Brilliant question !!

    I guess the NATO and the west as a whole is shit scared of th world’s 4th largest Army in North Korea. They always like to bully the smaller countries….

    If they so worry about HR, they should attack NK and get rid of the leaders there – Oh, I forgot, there is no OIL there !