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Human rights in North Korea revisited

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By Chang Se-moon

The Korea Club in Washington, D.C., hosted a special presentation Nov. 14, by Jack Rendler, who is a country specialist for North Korea at the Amnesty International U.S.

The club includes the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and the Korea Economic Institute of America, both located in Washington, D.C. Rendler has been a human rights activist since 1978, and currently volunteers as the Amnesty country coordinator on North Korea.

According to Rendler, people in North Korea are deprived of their civil and political rights. They cannot meet, talk or move freely within their own country. Further, political prisoners are treated worse than common criminals. Not only disloyalty, but perceived disloyalty is enough to be arrested as a political prisoner.

We do not even know how many political prisoners are now in prisons or reform camps. We know that guards of political prisons are trained to torture, with some........

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