323 ex­e­cu­tion sites in North Korea lo­cated

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - — AP

Seoul: A hu­man rights group said Tues­day it has iden­ti­fied hun­dreds of spots where wit­nesses claim North Korea car­ried out pub­lic ex­e­cu­tions and ex­tra­ju­di­cial state killings as part of an ar­bi­trary and ag­gres­sive use of the death penalty that is meant to in­tim­i­date its cit­i­zens.

The Seoul-based Tran­si­tional Jus­tice Work­ing Group said its re­search was based on in­ter­views with 610 North Korean de­fec­tors con­ducted over four years who helped lo­cate the sites with satel­lite im­agery.

The group didn’t re­veal the ex­act lo­ca­tions of the 323 sites be­cause it’s wor­ried that North Korea will tam­per with them, but said 267 of them were lo­cated in two provinces near the border with China, the area where most of the de­fec­tors who participat­ed in the study came from.

North Korea’s pub­lic ex­e­cu­tions tend to hap­pen near rivers, in fields and on hills, and also at mar­ket­places and school grounds — places where res­i­dents and fam­ily mem­bers of those sen­tenced are of­ten forced to at­tend the killings, the re­port said.

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