Thursday, September 16, 2004

Innocent victims of experiments?

I have been discussing North Korean history with my family since this class began and just recently has my father told me that a North Korean has escaped. This particular escapee told sources that the North Korean government held experiments on human bodies that in essence mimicked those carried out by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

I do remember watching a documentary on the North Korean prison camps and how one generation's persecution led to the subsequent persecution of two generations following the first in order to completely 'wipe out' the ‘rebels.’ While these stories and other related accounts do indeed stem from facts and truths, I am a bit hesitant to deem these arguments as being completely valid.

Well, my question is, has anyone else heard about the escape in the papers recently? While the horror stories about the torture camps and experiment labs are not new, I do not believe they have ever been completely addressed. It would be interesting to see if anyone has or finds any articles pertaining to the information above.

3 comments:

Chris Im said...

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1136440,00.html

This article definitely addresses the issues mentioned in your post.

Anonymous said...

I have read a lot about North Korea and their evils lately. I also read about iraqs WMD and babys thrown out of incubators in kuwait and germans eating the babies they bayoneted in world war one. Unfortunately these are hard to find proof of.

I can find much proof of US experimentation and murder of its own citizens though and it is all valid and admitted to by their government.
Stop blaming everyone else in the world for your own crap.

joshua said...

There is strong evidence to support those claims. Here's a video link to a BBC documentary on the gas chambers: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/3931039.stm

Here's more on the North Korean defector to whom you refer above . . .
http://www.guardian.co.uk/korea/article/0,2763,1136483,00.html

Here's more from the International Herald Tribune . . .
http://www.iht.com/articles/127616.html

. . . and here's a story in the Independent about how China deported one of those who broke the story back to North Korea and almost certain death:
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/story.jsp?story=489063

Of course, North Korea never did accept the Simon Wiesenthal Center's demand to allow international inspections of the alleged site (http://www.wiesenthal.com/social/press/pr_item.cfm?ItemID=8873). Watch the BBC video and judge for yourself, but all in all, the case looks compelling, and North Korea's stonewalling only makes the claims seem more credible.

The North Korean Human Rights Act is coming up for a vote in the Senate. If this kind of thing bothers you, you can find out more about this bill and how you can support it here:

http://www.nkzone.org/nkzone/entry/2004/09/lugar_pushing_n.php#more