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Amnesty: Victims need to come forward

February 18th, 2014
02:08 PM ET

Torture, enslavement, political prison camps and executions.  A new U.N. report says these are just some of the atrocities that North Korea is committing against its own people.  The report outlined a litany of widespread, systemic abuses, and recommended that North Korea's leaders face international prosecution.

Atika Shubert spoke to T. Kumar, the Advocacy Director of Amnesty International USA.  She asked whether conditions within North Korea had deteriorated under the relatively new regime of Kim Jong Un.

"There is no way the situation can get worse in North Korea.  It has reached the rock bottom," Kumar said.  "We have seen public executions, and using food in a selective manner against political opponents, where people have died because of starvation."

Atika asked whether this kind of pressure from the international community could have any effect within the country.

"These are leaders who will be nervous that they are going to be cornered," Kumar said.  "One day – it could be tomorrow, it could be four years from tomorrow – they may be held accountable, so they may change and they may treat their people well."

 

 

 

 


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