Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Tolerating Gulags
The Nazi death camps and the Soviet gulags were so awful we must remember them--so they won't happen again. We have holocaust museums and memorials across the land. Would we ever tolerate such a thing to happen again?

Apparently so. David Hawk, a chronicler of the Cambodian and Rwandan genocides, leads the team presenting a new report today: The Hidden Gulag: Exposing North Korea's Prison Camps .

A policy of starvation, overwork, and torture. Newborns murdered on grounds of suspected genetic diversity. Imprisonment of three generation of an offender's family. A lifetime political prisoner population of 200,000 - more than all the US military in Iraq; more than all the people in a small industrial city.

Report is from the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea [ ].

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