A continual number of deaths within North Korea’s kyohwaso [reeducation camps, which function as prisons] from torture and beatings has prompted leader Kim Jong Un to order penalization of safety officials who cause such deaths. The move is said to reflect the regime’s concerns about mounting pressure from the outside world on its human rights track record, but the mandate excludes those held for political crimes.
“An order was recently issued under the name of the supreme leader to the Ministry of People’s Safety to hand down harsh punishments to officials involved in deaths within the camps,” a source from North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK on Monday. “There is also a shift in mood within the prison, and Ministry of People’s Safety personnel [North Korea’s version of a police force] mostly agree they should try not to beat those in for financial crimes.”
This news was corroborated by a source in South Pyongan Province.