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Disturbing Illustrations Of Conditions In North Korean Prison Camps Made By A Survivor

Kim Kwang-Il created these illustrations depicting conditions of torture and starvation that he both witnessed and endured to accompany his UN testimony. Warning: these images are graphic.

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Knowledge of the horrors that people have gone through in North Korean prison camps is coming more and more to light, and now the UN is calling for North Korean leaders to stand trial for crimes comparable to those of the Nazis.

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Michael Kirby, Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea.

2. In his testimony, Kwang-Il describes the torture where prisoners were "supposed to think there’s an imaginary motorcycle and we are supposed to be in this position as if we are riding the motorcycle."

"And for this, we pose as if we are airplanes ourselves. We are flying. And if we stand like this there’s no way that you can hold that position for a long time. You are bound to fall forward."

You can watch Kim Kwang-Il's long public testimony in this video, read a selection of it here, or read the transcript in full here.

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