More Abuses of N.Korean Laborers Come to Light

      December 10, 2014 11:35

      The international media have taken a special interest in the ill-treatment of North Korean laborers overseas since the EU submitted a draft resolution on the North's human rights abuses to the UN General Assembly in October.

      North Korean laborers sit in an empty lot in Al Zahra, Kuwait on Saturday, one of them holding a phone to take orders for moonshine, which is how overseas North Korean workers earn some pocket money.

      The Guardian in a feature last month said North Korean laborers are in "a modern form of slavery" racing against time to build the World Cup facilities in Qatar, and take home at best 10 percent of their salary while the rest goes straight into the regime's pockets.

      On Nov. 22, three miners were burned to death in a coal mine explosion in Sarawak, Malaysia, one of them a North Korean. There had been 46 North Korean miners at the mine, the largest proportion of foreign workers there.

      The North Korean regime is keen to send laborers to overseas mines that locals consider too dangerous to work in.

      Back in February, five North Korean workers were killed by carbon monoxide at a construction site in Russia. The toxic gas leaked from a heater, but they could not escape because a North Korean guard had locked the door to their quarters.

      North Korean workers in the Middle East sleep on the bare ground near construction sites in the murderous heat to save traveling time to and from their quarters. And North Korean laborers at Siberian logging sites cannot keep warm in the arctic winter, according to an activist group for North Korean human rights.

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