Beaten For Snoring While Sleeping
An Investigation by the United nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in communist North Korea has indictaed that the victims of state sposnored discrimination and torture in the country was similar to the kind of treatment that is meted out to Dalits In India and in the Indian sub-continent.
According to the report, as in the case of bonded Dalit labour in India, Inmates of ordinary prison camps are subject to strict rules and must demonstrate
absolute obedience to the guards. Failure to obey an order is punished in a variety of ways,
ranging from food ration cuts and deprivation of sleep to reassignment to harsher labour,
beatings and solitary confinement in tiny cells.
Former inmates of different ordinary prison
camps indicated that solitary confinement meant imprisonment in cells so small that the
victim could not lie down or stand up. During time served in solitary confinement, the food
ration is reduced to less than 100 grams of rice or corn porridge per day.
Guards often impose punishments on prisoners on the spot. Even serious cases of
physical abuse by the guards or prison unit leaders, acting on their behalf, do not result in
any accountability. Prisoners incarcerated for politically sensitive crimes are often singled
out for particular punishment.
• Mr Kim Gwang-il described how guards at Ordinary Prison Camp (kyohwaso) No.
12 at Jonggo-ri had the right to beat or otherwise torture them at any point,
including for trivial matters such as snoring while sleeping. The guards also
assigned inmates to the worst forced labour or cut their rations based on reports of
misconduct they received from informers among the prisoners.
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