Report: Tens of Thousands of N. Korean Prisoners “Disappeared” From Gulag

A human rights think tank said in an August report that tens of thousands of North Korean prisoners "disappeared" from an enormous gulag where food shortages are common, eliciting fear that they may have starved to death, NBC News reported. Washington, D.C.-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) said in an August report entitled, "North Korea's Hidden Gulag: Interpreting Reports of Changes in the Prison Camps" that Camp 22, a labor camp larger than Los Angeles, used to hold around 30,000 prisoners, but dwindled to 3,000 before it was closed late last year. HRNK said 8,000 prisoners could have been transferred to other camps, but there were no signs that any inmates were released.

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