Defectors who managed to escape from North Korea are speaking out to reveal something downright chilling that Kim Jong Un does to ensure his people live in fear every day.
Daily Mail reported that defectors say that Kim’s firing squads carry out public executions in school yards as punishment for theft, prostitution and watching South Korean television. They added that North Korean guards sometimes beat their victims to death because “some crimes were considered not worth wasting bullets on.”
The Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) based in Seoul said that executions are also carried out in marketplaces and on riverbanks for crimes as petty as stealing rice and copper. The group released a report saying that the often extra-judicial decisions for public executions are frequently influenced by “bad” family background or a government campaign to discourage certain behavior.
TJWG drew up the report based on interviews with 375 North Korean defectors from the isolated state over a period of two years. The group’s goal is to document the locations of public killings and mass burials, which it says had not been done previously, to support an international push to hold to account those who commit what it describes as crimes against humanity.
The maps and the accompanying testimonies create a picture of the scale of the abuses that have taken place over decades,” TJWG said.
North Korea has denied that it violates it’s people’s human rights, claiming that it’s citizens enjoy protection under the constitution. The communist nation claims that it’s actually the U.S. that is the worst violator of human rights.