Happy Science calls for Global Support for End of North Korean Human Rights Violations

Happy Science brings you the following video. It is both graphic and disturbing but it’s something that must be seen because only by acknowledging evil can we possibly create the chance of changing it. Global support is needed to end these atrocities and make these violations known for all to share and condemn. Happy Science and Master Okawa ask you to join in this appeal to the nations of the world to assist in putting an end to these concentration camps and sub-human conditions for all North Korean citizens by letting their government know “never more”. North Korea is a country without ties to the world community. Let us work together by sharing this video with others to give those without hope, hope, and bring about change in the world.

 

 

Transcript

On February 27, North Korea fired missiles into the Sea of Japan.

Rogue neighboring country: North Korea

A U.N. investigative committee reports on human rights violations.

What is the real situation regarding North Korea’s prison camps?

They are places where the “slaves” of today’s society are held.

“Are these places hell on earth?”
This is the reality of the situation regarding North Korea’s prison camps.

Satomura: I am standing in front of The General Association of Korean Residents in Japan. On February 17, a U.N. investigative committee released a report on North Korea’s violations of basic human rights. In my hands is the full report. In the report, the committee writes, “Systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been, and are being, committed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, its institutions and officials.”

On February 17, a U.N. investigative committee released a report on North Korea’s crimes against humanity.

Systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been, and are being, committed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, its institutions and officials.

Denial of freedoms such as belief, religion, expression, the denial of rights to food, and abductions from Korea and Japan

Political prison camp

Quarry in Chungbong District (political prison camp)

About 80,000 to 120,000 prisoners are held in four camps.

North Korea completely disavows knowledge of it.

On February 17, a U.N. investigative committee released a report on North Korea’s crimes against humanity. Denial of freedoms such as belief, religion, expression, the denial of rights to food, and abductions from Korea and Japan are not even the worst of the human rights violations-the worst are the government’s concentration camps. According to the report, over the past 50 years, millions have died, and there are between 80,000 to 120,000 people detained in the four concentration camps as of this moment. North Korea has completely disavowed any knowledge of the abuses mentioned in the report. So what is actually happening? In a documentary released in March, Camp 14 – Total Control Zone:

Once you’re put in a concentration camp, you’re not treated as a human being.

Torture takes place on a daily basis.

The documentary is centered around Shin Dong-hyuk, who was born and raised in a concentration camp, and it reveals the reality of what goes on in North Korea’s concentration camps. Concentration camps are places filled with violence and death, Shin has been forced through violence to work since the age of 6.

Shin Dong-hyuk: I was beaten everyday in the concentration camp.
Look at my arms; they’re both bent out of shape.
This is because I was hung upside down with my arms bent in an unnatural position.
They’re now crooked.

The head of the Happiness Realization Party, Ryoko Shaku interviewed Shin Dong-hyuk when he visited Japan recently.

Ryoko Shaku: How do you feel about the documentary that was made?

Shin Dong-hyuk: I wanted to live in peace and put everything that happened behind me,
but my father and friends are still in concentration camps, and there are still people being born in the camps too.
It is painful for me to be active about this,
but I believe it will help those still in the camps.

We also went to Seoul and spoke with Ahn Myong Chul, who is a former concentration camp guard, and is now a human rights activist in South Korea.

Ahn: During the first three years, I really believed what I was taught; that prisoners were truly bad people.
It’s a given for them to die, so they were treated any way we wanted to.
We even used them for practicing taekwondo.

Ahn has drawn pictures of his experiences in the concentration camps.

Ahn: There was no guilt.
I closed my eyes the first time I saw an execution by firing squad out in the open.
It was terrifying.
But as I encounter it over and over, I start to get used to and think, “Oh, again”

In the camps, the prisoners are not treated as humans; they are hardly fed. This sketch shows a prisoner who was trying to eat grass and was caught by a guard. He is being beaten for his actions.
“If you are caught, you are killed.” Even trying to catch mice or trying to eat pig’s food means death for them.

Ahn: The officers would rape the women, and when they became pregnant, they would force a miscarriage.
If that seemed too complicated, they would just kill the pregnant woman.
If you tried to run away, you’d be killed without question.
If you broke anything, killed a cow, or misused materials, you were also shot and killed.
If you said about an officer’s orders, you were also shot and killed.
Everyone in there is going to be killed one day, so it isn’t necessary to educate them, and it doesn’t matter if they let them live or die.

Ahn started questioning himself when he was assigned as a driver.

Ahn started to first question his position when he was assigned as a driver and talked with the prisoners.

Ahn: Listening to the prisoner’s stories as a driver,
They don’t even know the reason they’re put in the concentration camps.
How could this be?
I was taught that they were “bad people” but the “criminals” don’t even know for what crimes they’re being punished.
Something is wrong with this. I started to question the concentration camps.

In September 1994, Ahn fled from North Korea.

A while after that, in September 1994, Ahn crossed the river running between North and South Korea to escape.

Satomura: We all need to understand and take in the facts that these brutal actions and killings by the government are still occurring currently.
What do you think should be done about North Korea?

Ahn: The government there is based on lies. Everyone is being fooled by it.
We need to breakthrough that and change the mindset of the citizens.
They need to know that North Korea is the world’s worst nation when it comes to violating human rights.
We need to open up the minds of citizens living there to the cultures of other countries in the world by using radio, USBs and DVDs.

Ryoko Shaku: We are working to have North Korea-the living hell-abolished by the end of this century. What are your thoughts and goals about this?

Shin Dong-hyuk: I am visiting places like the United Nations and the United States to ask for international help.
I’ll try to convince them that there needs to be international help to remedy the situation in North Korea.
I want to build a project through we can have the citizens of North Korea live the free and happy life for which they wish.

Wishing that true freedom and democracy will be brought to North Korea.

Master Ryuho Okawa: Some of our members are part of the 20 million people in North Korea today, and they are fighting solitude. But I cannot forgive the fact that there are 20 million people being violated by the government every day. I would like to give them the freedom they deserve. Instead of a military-based tyranny, I want them to experience a multiparty democracy, a liberal democracy, freedom of speech and the press, freedom of religion. They need to know that a citizen’s happiness comes from having these freedoms, and the time has come to teach the North Korean People this.

Satomura: Violence by the government such as this needs to be terminated immediately. And for this, Japan and the Japanese people need to work together to do everything we can to achieve this. Pressuring North Korea politically and financially and breaking its tyranny needs to happen now, and we need to think of this as a global issue that we need to solve. What do you think?

 


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