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North Korean detainees are treated as 'less than animals,' report alleges

October 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Systematic torture, sexual abuse and dangerous health conditions are rife within North Korea's pretrial detention system, according to a detailed new report released Monday.

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Systematic torture, sexual abuse and dangerous health conditions are rife within North Korea's pretrial detention system, according to a detailed new report released Monday.

Based on interviews with dozens of detainees and former officials, the extensive 88-page report by US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) focuses on the country's allegedly inhuman conditions at pretrial detention facilities.

"North Korea's pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary, violent, cruel, and degrading," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, in a news release.

Kang said that beating was so bad that even now, several years on, he struggles to walk on rainy days, and his joints were damaged during his time in detention.

HRW said it sent questions to the North Korean regime and asked for co-operation with the report but has had no response.

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