North Korea Expanding Secret Gulag: Photos
Experts divided over meaning of Camp 25's purported expansion
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2013 8:23 AM CST
A satellite image of North Korean prison camp No. 15 at Yodok. A new report says camp No. 25 has grown dramatically over the past 10 years.   (AmnestyInternational)

(Newser) – North Korea's economy may not be growing, but one of its prison camps sure seems to be. New satellite photos show that Camp 25, thought to house about 5,000 of the 200,000 people believed to be held in North Korea's gulags, has grown steadily over the past decade, reports the Washington Post. Its perimeter grew 37% between just 2009 and 2010, according to the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, which says new buildings, guard posts, and fields have been added.

Experts are unsure whether the expansion of Camp 25 signals an overall growth in political prisoners in North Korea or a move to accommodate existing prisoners as other camps are downsized. "It appears that North Korea's vast system of unlawful imprisonment may be undergoing an alteration involving the consolidation of some of its political prison camps, and the expansion of others," said the executive director of the committee, according to Yonhap News.

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Mar 23, 2013 5:43 AM CDT
some of the more interesting comments here have a aftertaste of those videos General Staff has entertaind us with recently.What if...... Or could it be Dennis Rodman after Kim offered him his own line of warheads ??? the comments here are of the kind "only the mother could love" Those bastards over there are REALLY TORTURING AND KILLING PEOPLE - IT IS A STALINIST NUT HOUSE AT ITS BEST !!!!!!
Feb 28, 2013 9:25 PM CST
I suppose this is a fine point but, look. if there's a picture of it in Newser, is it REALLY "secret??
Feb 28, 2013 9:19 PM CST
200,000 humans incarcerated. 2,000,000 families and children dying of starvation. I can see the need for North Korea to be threatening to blow us to kingdom high...what do they have to lose? They have no food. Millions have died of starvation. The prisoners certainly are eatiing each other's defecations/feces and killing each other to exist. Two million lives were lost during the war with us in the 1950's. All they want is what they have always wanted. To be united. North and South to be one country. Why can't that be understood? Keeping families from one another for over half a century.....Why? The East Germans and West Germans were liberated...thanks in part to President Reagan telling the USSR "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that Wall" was done. Can't we tell the U.S. Government and South Korea that the war ended in 1950? To Open Up the 38th Parallel? Let the people from North Korea come in get jobs, assimilate and become one country? What is the fear? President Obama can do this. But will he? It's not South Korea keeping the North out. It is us. We can give Israel Trillions, and Saudi Arabia Trillions and Pakistan Trillions and now Syria....surely we can work out this mess......In the name of God. Let McDonalds, KFC and Bridgestone go North and begin will be rough at first...but in the end, say 20 years...things should normalize...then we can have trade with just one more talk of nukes. 1942