Yodok, North Korea - Write for Rights 2011

November 15, 2011

Yodok, North Korea - Write for Rights 2011

Yodok political prison camp is one of six known political prison camps (kwanliso or Control Centre) in North Korea. Tens of thousands of people are held in Yodok political prison camp, with an estimate of around 50,000, and most are imprisoned there without trial or following grossly unfair trials on the basis of "confessions" obtained through torture. Men, women and children in the camp are tortured and otherwise ill-treated, including being forced to work in dangerous conditions. The combination of hazardous forced labour, inadequate food, beatings, totally inadequate medical care and unhygienic living conditions, result in prisoners falling ill, and a large number die in custody or soon after release.

The North Korean government denies the existence of any political prison camps in North Korea, including Yodok, even though testimonies of former detainees and satellite photographs confirm their existence. Calling on them to immediately close Yodok and all political prison camps and immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience held in the camps, including relatives held on the basis of "guilt-by-association".

See video