torsdag 25. februar 2021

North Korea enslaves prisoners in producing coal for export, report says

North Koreea has been enslaving political prisoners, including children, in coal production to help boost exports and earn foreign currency as part of a system directly linked to its nuclear and missile programmes, a South Korea-based human rights group has said.

The Seoul-based Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) released a study analysing an intricate connection between North Korea’s exploitation of its citizens, the production of goods for export, and its weapons programmes. The report, titled Blood Coal Export from North Korea, says Pyongyang has been operating a “pyramid fraud-like” scheme to force people held in prison camps to produce quotas of coal and other goods for export.