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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 14th, 2012 at 4:11 am

North Korean Citizens Allegedly Sent To Labor Camp For Not Mourning Enough for Kim Jong-il

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The Daily NK has a report of North Korean citizens being sent to labor camps for not mourning enough after the death of Kim Jong-il:

North Korean authorities are punishing mourners who failed to exhibit sincere sadness and despair after the death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, the Daily NK reported Wednesday.

The online North Korean newspaper, which is published by opponents of the governing regime, said a source in North Hamkyung Province revealed the information. The source told the paper “authorities are handing down at least six months in a labor-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate in the organized gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine,” according to the Daily NK.

There are an estimated 200,000 offenders and families held in North Korean prison camps, according to a May 2011 report from Amnesty International. The report details two types of camps known as “zones.” One zone, known as a Total Control Zone, is for people who have committed “serious crimes.” People in these camps are never released.

The second type of zone, called a Revolutionary Zone, are camps for people who have committed what North Korean authorities perceive as less serious crimes. These crimes may include making critical comments toward government policy or trying to cross the border. Sentences in Revolutionary Zone camps can range from a few months to 10 years.

The report estimates that 40 percent of inmates in the camps will die from malnutrition, and every former inmate interviewed for the report had witnessed at least one public execution while being held. [ABC News]

You can read more at the link.

As with any report from anonymous sources the usual caveats apply to how reliable this information is, however what I think is going on is that people are being punished for not showing up to the state directed rallies to mourn Kim Jong-il rather than not mourning enough.  When there is a state sponsored event people are supposed to show up and those that did not would get punished if caught regardless if it was the death of Kim Jong-il or some other state sponsored event.  I would think the state security apparatus would definitely be a bit more vigilant at punishing people for not showing up at the rallies for something as important as the death of Kim Jong-il though.

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  • Avatar of USinKoreaUSinKorea
    9:44 am on January 14th, 2012 1

    Much of the energy of the NK government is to monitor the citizens. It has been widely claimed for a long time that the bottom tier of the loyalty list formed by the government are slated for extermination if collapse or invasion occurs because their loyalty is questionable. Many of the inmates in the concentration camps are there for signs of disloyalty.

    It would be more of a surprise if the government didn’t throw a fair amount of people throughout the country in the camps during the transitional period.

    It seems to be working. We haven’t heard rumors of unrest triggered by the death…

  • ChickenHead
    12:25 am on January 15th, 2012 2

    Excessive grief, they did not avow.
    Which the Norks will not allow.
    For an attitude revamp,
    they went off to the camp.
    Bet they’re sure cryin’ now.

 

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