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Friday, April 29, 2005

North Korea Gassing Citizens

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(Hat Tip: North Korea Zone)

One man, a 55-year-old chemist, claimed he was in charge of an experiment to test the effect of deadly nerve gas on political prisoners.

"He said he was involved in the killing of two people – one who did not expire for 2½ hours, and the second didn't die till 3½ hours had passed," Cooper told CBC for a documentary airing Wednesday night on the radio program Dispatches.

It appears the regime is also starving people to death as well (intentionally that is). As the world tries to bring North Korea back to the table over it's nuclear program, perhaps they should mention it's human rights record that tends to violate every standard of life putting oneself in the ranks of Hitler and Stalin.

But what do the prisoners have to say?

Soon Ok Lee, a North Korean now living in the United States, said she spent years in a political prison camp before escaping.

"When I was in jail, there was at least once or twice in the prison camp, chemical testing on humans that I witnessed," she said.

There are probably thousands (if not millions) of stories similar to these (if not far worse) but unfortunately most of those will not be heard unless the communistic regime collapses from internal or external pressure. Fortunately though it seems that some people are doing something about this issue.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center (a human rights organization) is staging coordinated demonstrations in Asia, North America and Europe to protest what North Korea is doing to it's own citizens. Their aim is to bring awareness of this issue before the international community and are calling the events that they are staging "North Korea Freedom Day" and hope to bring about global awareness of these atrocities. Hopefully consciences will be pricked (and action created) but it may actually take some strong measures before North Korea ends it's terrorization of it's own citizens.

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That's all the world needs right now! I don't see how we'll ever get any major advances going with countries always fighting and killing eachother. They all remind me of children, fighting over things not a single one will get to keep after they die. I wonder if the United States will have enough time/money to help the people out when most of the energy is being used on the highly protested Middle East wars?

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