North Korea has executed a large group of people on the riverside of Pyongyang, in a school’s courtyard and in one of their public market, after the victims were accused stealing copper from a factory-owner, obtained some articles released by the South Korean press, or they were performing sexual acts for money.
A report initiated by a South Korean NGO shows that public executions are part of a governmental campaign triggered by the Pyongyang regime to intimidate people with “certain” behaviors because, according to the accusing part, they come from “bad families”.
The group created the report by analyzing the written testimonies and interviews of 375 North Korean deserters over a period of two years and tried to gather as many information regarding the places where public executions and mass burials took place.
North Korea, on the other hand, has denied any allegations of violating human rights, and the government of Pyongyang states that its citizens enjoy the protection of the constitution and accuse the US of trying to spoil their image.
However, an independent report from the United Nations shows that torture, starvation, imprisonment camps and executions comparable to those conducted by the Nazis are being ordered by North Korean leaders, and we are not talking only about isolated cases.
In many cases, people accused of robberies of copper cables or other minor offenses are being executed by shooting.
Several deserters have reported, however, that in some cases, victims are beaten to death because “they do not deserve the bullets.”