Satellite Imagery of N.Korea's Prison Camp Disclosed

  • By Jun Hyun-suk

    September 03, 2018 10:57

    An American activist group last Thursday revealed rare satellite photos showing inmates of one of North Korea's most notorious prison camps, Camp No. 25 in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province.

    Images from the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea show prisoners harvesting crops and guards keeping watch, as well as a watchtower.

    They were made possible by civilian satellites in orbit that offer good enough resolution to distinguish individual inmates.

    In a report last year, the U.S. State Department said the camp is home to about 5,000 political prisoners.

    The UN Committee on Information in 2014 said there are four big political prison camps throughout the North, with a total of 80,000 to 120,000 prisoners.

    Greg Scarlatoiu of the HRNK told Voice of America that North Korea's violations of human rights continue despite a recent flurry of diplomatic activity.

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