The Times of London, UK, reported in 2006-OCT that female refugees
from North Korea have told stories of the Communist regime's concern and violent
methods of handling what they call 'deviant' sexual relations, and their violent
methods of dealing with them. The term 'deviant' in this case can refer to
inter-racial sex, including sex between North Korean and Chinese adults.
The Times quotes an unidentified western diplomat who said:
"It’s vital to recognize that 'juche' -- the dogma of self- reliance --
is not a theory but a cult and that [North Korea's dictator] Kim is
worshipped as the leader of a religion," said a veteran western diplomat who
negotiated with the North Koreans on 19 visits. "These Koreans genuinely
believe they are a master race and that the peninsula will be united under
the rule of the Kim dynasty."
The Times writes:
"Behind the facade of a Supreme People’s Assembly, a presidium, a cabinet
and the Korean Workers' party, North Korea operates as a one-man military
dictatorship founded on clan rule, blood ties and deification of the leader.
Kim is falsely said to have been born on the sacred slopes of Mount Paektu."
"This is used to legitimize behavior by agents of the state which human
rights activists believe will one day form the basis of indictments for
crimes against humanity."
2003 report of a human rights group:
David Hawk, a human rights investigator for The US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea,
issued a report in 2003. He reported "extreme phenomena of repression ... unique to North Korea."
He concluded that the country practiced "ethnic infanticide." He
obtained testimony from
eight women who described cases of infanticide.
Choi Yong-hwa, 28, described how she was made to go with a woman with an
advanced pregnancy to
a clinic in Sinuiju. The doctors induced labor. The newborn was then suffocated with a wet
towel. The mother passed out.
A grandmother, 66, described events at Sinuiju involving the deaths of
seven newborns. Two were born at full term; five were premature babies born
after induced labor. The newborns were thrown into a garbage container. Two
days later, the premature babies were all dead and the full term babies were
near death. A guard hit the latter with forceps until they died.
At the Nongpo detention center in Chongjin, witnesses saw the "children
of betrayers" -- inter-racial babies who presumably had a North Korean
mother and a Chinese father -- tossed into a wicker basket, and covered with
plastic sheets. Two days later, the guards smothered any who still lived.
The report said: "Guards would say the mothers had to see and hear their
babies die because they were Chinese."
The Korean Bar Association reported that 58% of defectors from
North Korea who were interviewed by its lawyers have testified to having
seen or heard of forced abortions in the prison system.
The aid group Médecins Sans Frontières left North Korea in 1998. One
of its reasons was that they could not obtain access to the "9-27 camps,"
where sick and disabled children were dumped.
Defectors have even told of human experiments to test chemical weapons. One
witness described people tethered to a hillside and then gassed.
Unfortunately, this account has not been independently verified.
A woman with the pseudonym Han Myong-suk, 30, explained that she was sold
by traffickers to a farmer in China. She became pregnant, was caught by the
police, and returned to North Korea. She was held at one of three detention
centers for women, which are located in the towns of Sinuju, Onsong and Chongin.
"I defied the order to abort the fetus the prison authorities
contemptuously called a 'Chinese Chink' and was badly beaten and kicked in
my belly by a guard. His name was Hwang Myong-dong."
A week later she was taken to a prison clinic "... where in a most
blunt manner they extracted the dead child from my body."
Michael Sheridan, "Nation under a nuclear cloud. 'Racially impure' children
killed," The Times, London, 2006-OCT-15, at: