How bad have things gotten in North Korea?
Well for starters, an estimated 200,000 people are currently imprisoned in a network of prison camps spread throughout the secretive nation, according to a new Amnesty International report released Tuesday.
Worse yet, the detainees are forced to work in conditions approaching slavery and are routinely tortured and subjected to other cruel treatments. The vast majority of detainees have also witnessed public executions while at the camp, according to Amnesty International..
The report is based on interviews with former prisoners and jailers at the camp, as well as new satellite imagery that shows the full size and scope of the prison camps.
As bad as things are, things may actually be slowly getting worse.
“As North Korea seems to be moving towards a new leader in Kim Jong-un and a period of instability, the big worry is that the prison camps appear to be growing in size,” said Amnesty International’s Sam Zarifi.