Monday, November 14, 2005

Inside Kim's Workers' Paradise describes a chilling videotape smuggled out of North Korea:

Images from video smuggled from North Korea show a public execution and what appears to be a concentration camp housing political prisoners, according to a CNN documentary set to air Sunday night.

In one clip, the residents of a village gather on a hillside to watch the firing-squad execution of a man accused of helping a defector cross into China.

North Korean dissidents shot the video, which they smuggled out of the country through a network of contacts into their communist neighbor to the north.

Especially horrifying is this passage:

Sarah McDonald, who produced and directed the documentary, "Undercover in the Secret State," said her crew interviewed a man who had been in a camp shown in the movie.

"What he described, we didn't put it in the film," she said Friday from London, England. "It is so appalling, you just can't imagine. He said that 95 percent of people who go into that prison die in the prison. Their whole motivation is to kill these people, but they won't let them die easily.

"They -- they torture them to death over a very long period of time."

The U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea has thoroughly documented how Kim Jong-Il has carried on the murderous legacy of Stalin and Mao. While eliminating North Korea's nuclear program is a top priority, the barbarous human rights record of Kim's regime must be addressed as well.


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