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North Koreans Risk Imprisonment Calling Loved Ones Abroad: Amnesty Report

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    North Koreans Risk Imprisonment Calling Loved Ones Abroad: Amnesty Report
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    Amnesty East Asia regional director Nicholas Bequelin speaks during a press conference on restrictions on mobile phones and outside information in North Korea, in Seoul on March 9, 2016.

    North Korea has a high price of calling loved ones outside of the country. People there risk imprisonment for treason if they try to call those who escaped to the outside world, a human rights group said Tuesday.

    The country remains one of the most isolated nations on the planet, and its phone and internet networks do not reach beyond its borders, except for visiting foreigners.

    However, according to a report by Amnesty International published Tuesday, some North Koreans have been able to use illegally imported cell phones to call their friends and relatives who have escaped the country.

    Most of these phones come from China but all are referred to as "Chinese cell phones" regardless of their origin. North Koreans are able to use these phones near the border, where they can connect to Chinese cell phone networks, according to the report.