Sobering: UN report finds “‘abundant evidence” of mass torture in North Korea

Posted by: ST on February 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Kim Jong Il and  Sec. of State Albright

Kim Jong Il and Sec. of State Albright in Pyongyang – 10-24-2000.

Via CNN:

A stunning catalog of torture and the widespread abuse of even the weakest of North Koreans reveal a portrait of a brutal state “that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” a United Nations panel reported Monday.

North Korean leaders employ murder, torture, slavery, sexual violence, mass starvation and other abuses as tools to prop up the state and terrorize “the population into submission,” the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea said in its report.

The commission traced the abuses directly to the highest levels of the North Korean government while simultaneously blaming world leaders for sitting on their hands amid untold agony.

“The suffering and tears of the people of North Korea demand action,” commission Chairman Michael Kirby told reporters.

The group said it would refer its findings to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution. It also sent a letter warning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he could face prosecution for crimes against humanity.


The U.N. panel released its 400-page report after hearing from more than 320 witnesses in public hearings and private interviews.

You can read the full report here.

Many have long suspected that when and if the time comes and the lid is lifted wide open on the DPRK, its story fully told, we’ll see and read about horrors on a scale so massive that we’ll weep loudly in outrage over our decades-old feckless policies against the brutal tyrants there who have carried out the widespread abuse and torture of its citizens.

I pray I’m wrong, but fear I am not.

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5 Responses to “Sobering: UN report finds “‘abundant evidence” of mass torture in North Korea”


  1. Tango says:

    ….the DPRK is (and has long been) a mass graveyard. The Kim family has had over a half century to perfect the systematic misery and death that their country represents. The VERY IDEA that the United Nations is just now ‘discovering this’ in their latest 400-page expose is nothing short of a very sick joke.

    What’s next? A “warning” from John Kerry?

  2. Phineas says:

    One of the nightmare scenarios involving North Korea, other than them restarting the Korean War, is a governmental collapse there. The problems involved in trying to reintegrate North Korea into the South, given generations of brutalization both physical and mental, will make the reintegration of Germany look like a walk in the park.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    This is like saying the Titanic had a bad voyage. The seeds of this prison state were being sown in the immediate aftermath of WWII.

    For a detailed look at how not only offenders but innocent relatives and descendants serve long brutal incarcerations see “Escape From Camp 14” by Harden.

  4. DamnCat says:

    As long as they have the backing of China there is little we or our allies can do. China is as responsible for the atrocities as the government of NK – not that they care.

  5. kathy Murray says:

    46 senators voted to give our 2nd rights over to UN, a foreign power. I’m speechless in California. This administration is doing all it can to bring in the One World Order. Susan Rice is of this mind set, she is from Brookings Institute. B.I. is a global governance think tank. I came to your website to see if you had info on these matters