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Panel Reveals Chilling Details From Camps in N. Korea

One judge who survived Auschwitz says conditions are just as bad, if not worse

(Newser) - Three international judges have been digging into conditions at North Korea's infamous labor camps , and one of them gives a damning assessment to the Washington Post : "I believe that the conditions in the [North] Korean prison camps are as terrible, or even worse, than those I saw and... More »

Images Show Scale of N. Korea's 'Crime Against Humanity'

These aren't the camps where political prisoners are sent—but they're still said to be extreme

(Newser) - While the rest of the world worries about Kim Jong Un's volatility on the nuclear front, experts and human rights activists tell the Washington Post that regular North Koreans are already living out a nightmare in the form of "unyielding gulag systems." They're now talking about... More »

N. Korea Guards Forced Woman to Drown Her Baby

Defectors tell their stories to UN panel

(Newser) - What's new are not the stories but the audience: Two North Korean defectors yesterday shared wrenching stories with the first UN panel assembled for the purpose of looking into human-rights violations in the country, reports the New York Times . The Commission of Inquiry's three members will spend a... More »

UN to Finally Probe N. Korea's Secret Gulags

Prison camps could amount to crimes against humanity: official

(Newser) - The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously agreed to launch its first-ever investigation of human rights abuses in North Korea. An investigator urged a focus on prison camps , which "could qualify as crimes against humanity," he said. "These are camps which have the purpose of driving the... More »

Military's Plan: Build New $49M Prison at Gitmo

Instead of closing, military wants upgrades

(Newser) - It's been four years since Barack Obama promised to close Gitmo, but not only are the camps still open, now the US military wants $49 million to build a new prison building there, reports the New York Times . With the new building—which would apparently replace Camp 7, where... More »

Pussy Riot Members Sent to Prison Colonies

Russia sends remaining 2 members hundreds of miles from capital

(Newser) - A lawyer for the two jailed Pussy Riot band members says they have been transferred to prison colonies hundreds of miles from Moscow to serve their sentences. Mark Feygin said today that Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were transferred over the weekend from the Moscow prison where they were kept... More »

Report Reveals Horrors of North Korea Prison Camps

Survivors describe starvation, torture

(Newser) - A South Korean human rights group has released the most detailed report yet on the horrific conditions in North Korea's labor camps, which are believed to hold up to 200,000 political prisoners. The report, based on interviews with hundreds of survivors who escaped to the South, tells of... More »

150K Held in Secret North Korea Gulag

Human rights committee based report on account of 60 ex-prisoners

(Newser) - More than 150,000 North Koreans are incarcerated in a Soviet-style, hidden gulag despite Pyongyang's denial it even holds political prisoners, a human rights group reported today. The US-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea said it based its report, which it's releasing as Pyongyang prepares to... More »

N. Korea's Prison Camps Burgeoning, Now Hold 200K

Amnesty International points to satellite images, witness testimony

(Newser) - Satellite images of North Korea's political prisoner camps show they are getting bigger, says Amnesty International. (See the photos here .) The rights group compared images of four camps from 2001 and found a "significant increase in the scale of the camps," reports the BBC . Amnesty estimates... More »

Inside Wesley Snipes' Life Behind Bars

He's scheduled to enter prison today to serve a 3-year sentence

(Newser) - Wesley Snipes enters prison in Pennsylvania today to serve a three-year sentence for tax evasion—and though the minimum-security McKean prison camp isn't exactly a five-star resort, it's not as bad as it could be. The AP gives details on what his life will be like:
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Brutal North Korean Labor Camps Hold 200K

Prisoners face 15-hour days, malnutrition, executions: Korean bar

(Newser) - Some 200,000 political prisoners are held in North Korean labor camps, where they work up to 15 hours a day before dying of malnutrition by about age 50, the Washington Post reports. Testimony from survivors and former guards has been newly published by the Korean Bar Association, and new... More »

No Cushy 'Camp Fed' for Madoff

(Newser) - Bernard Madoff’s high profile and long sentence will likely land him in a medium- or high-security prison, Bloomberg reports. Though previous white-collar criminals have spent terms at federal prison “camps,” any sentence longer than 10 years makes an inmate ineligible for that cushy treatment. Insiders also say... More »

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