North Korea Grants Amnesty to Political Prisoners

Discussion in 'Indo Pacific & East Asia' started by Zebra, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Zebra

    Zebra Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2011
    Messages:
    6,007
    Likes Received:
    2,250
    http://www.defenseworld.net/news/13...s_Amnesty_to_Political_Prisoners#.VaeEOe8ViUk

    North Korea Grants Amnesty to Political Prisoners

    Source : Our Bureau ~ Dated : Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    The North Korean government has decided to grant amnesty to persons convicted of ‘crimes against the country and its people’.

    The amnesty was granted on the occasion of the 70 anniversaries of Korea's liberation and the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea, an announcement about the unusual move was posted today on the website of the official news agency of North Korea.

    The amnesty will take effect from August 1. The DPRK cabinet and relevant organs will take practical measures to help the released people settle down in their works and living.

    The Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK promulgated a decree in this regard on July 9, the announcement said.

    The number of persons covered under the amnesty scheme was not mentioned in the announcement.

    In a country where persons accused of crimes against the country, an euphemism for political prisoners, are either executed or left to die in harsh labour camps, the announcement of the amnesty is out of the ordinary.

    Various estimates have put the number of political prisoners in North Korea between 80,000-120,000.
     
  2.  
  3. Zebra

    Zebra Senior Member Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2011
    Messages:
    6,007
    Likes Received:
    2,250

Share This Page