North Korea bristles at human rights critics


THE WRONG SIDE OF THIS REGIME. TONIGHT, NEW SATELLITE IMAGES FROM INSIDE KIM JONG-UN’S PRISON CAMP SYSTEM. A SANDBAR WHERE DEFECTORS SAY PUBLIC EXECUTIONS TOOK PLACE A. REPORTED BURIAL SITE. THIS IS CAMP 15, A SPRAWLING PRISON INSIDE NORTH KOREA FOR THOSE WHO RUN AFOUL. >>YOU COULD FIT TWO WASHINGTON, D.C.,S INSIDE OF IT. >>Reporter: FROM PHOTOS, IT SHOWS HYDROELECTRIC PLANTS, FARMS WHERE PRISONERS ARE FORCED TO WORK AND THERE WERE MINES AT THE CAMP SINCE SHUT DOWN, ALL THINGS THAT THE NORTH KOREANS TRIED TO HIDE. >>NORTH KOREA PRACTICES WHAT WE CALL IN THE WEST CAMOUFLAGE, CONCEAL AND DECEPTION. THAT MEANS THAT THEY MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO HIDE MANY OF THEIR ACTIVITIES. THEY KNOW THAT WE ARE WATCHING CAMP 15. THEY KNOW THAT WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. >>Reporter: THE PHOTOS HAVE BEEN PRESENTED AT A HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE. A CONFERENCE KIM JONG-UN’S REGIME TRIED TO STOP. HIS AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N. REPORTEDLY ASKING THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATELY SCRAP IT, THEN THREATENING TO RESPOND VERY QUICKLY. A SCATHING REPORT IN WHICH HUNDREDS OF FORMER PRISONERS DETAILED ABUSE, ONE OF A MOTHER BEING FORCED TO DROWN HER CHILD, OTHERS PRESENTING DRAWINGS OF HUMAN REMAINS WITH LEFT FOR RATS TO EAT. >>THEY HAD TO SCRIMMAGE FOR RODENTS, FOR MICE IN ORDER TO SURVIVE. THERE WAS JUST NOT AN APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF FOOD FOR PEOPLE TO SURVIVE AND PRISONERS GAVE TESTIMONY TO THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY THAT THEIR JOB WAS TO PICK UP THE BODIES AND PUT THEM INTO THE INCINERATOR AND THEN SCATTER THE REMAINS ON THE FIELDS AS FERTILIZER. >>Reporter: FROM NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS, A FLAT DENIAL.>>WE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THERE IS NO PRISON CAMPS IN OUR COUNTRY. >>I THINK THEY REALLY FEEL THAT THIS HITS AT THE HEART OF THE REGIME IN THE WAYS THAT THEY HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE. THEY’VE EXPERIENCED SANCTIONS AND PEOPLE CRITICIZING THEIR NUCLEAR POLICIES BUT THIS IS SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT TO THEM.>>NEW AND DIFFERENT BECAUSE THE U.N. REPORT RECOMMENDED THAT KIM JONG-UN AND INNER CIRCLE BE REFERRED TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT FOR PROSECUTION. IT’S UNLIKELY THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN BUT ONE OF THE REASONS THAT THE REGIME HAS BEEN EMBARRASSED BY THIS REPORT AND A KEY REASON THAT THEY TRIED TO STOP THIS HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE, BECAUSE IT EXPOSES KIM JONG-UN. THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE THE MOST FEARFUL ABOUT. >>I UNDERSTAND THAT NORTH KOREAN OFFICIALS WANTED TO ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE?>>THEY SAID THEY WANTED TO SHOW UP TO PHYSICALLY BE HERE TO REFUTE THESE HUMAN RIGHTS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THEM. WHAT’S INTERESTING IS THAT THE DIPLOMATS AT THE U.N. NEED PERMISSION FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO TRAVEL BEYOND A 25-MILE RADIUS FROM THE U.N. THEY ASKED FOR THAT AND

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