Target: Kim Jong-un, Supreme leader of North Korea
Goal: Demand that detainees be released from North Korea’s inhumane prison camps
In recent news, North Korea’s largest political prison camps have expanded exponentially despite efforts by the UN’s Human Rights council towards drastic reformation. Camps 15 and 16, also known as kwanliso, have been expediently adding new housing blocks, proving that North Korea continues to openly violate human rights laws, further perpetuating unjustness and showing little effort towards change.
Meant to house individuals who commit crimes against the government, such as organized political opposition, Camps 15 and 16 are breeding grounds for torture, inhumane treatment, brutal executions, and disease. The grim realities of these prison camps are hard to bear, with reports of detainees being forced to dig their own graves and women being raped repeatedly, then ‘disappearing.’ Prisoners are also forced to conduct hard labors such as mining and logging with little to no time to rest.
What’s worse is that many of the individuals that end up in places like Camp 15 and 16 are ‘guilty by association.’ Hundreds of thousands of people – including children – are taken into custody and carted off to these torturous conditions if the government suspects that a family member has been politically obstructive. In a report by Amnesty International, security officials have revealed that detainees are killed violently in beatings that last for hours and that women are used to ‘service’ officials and then killed immediately after, fearing that they’ll reveal the secret to others and escape.
Because North Korea doesn’t allow free media, a functioning civil society, religious freedom or freedom to political opposition, many individuals fall victim to the torture and ill-treatment, rampant at places like Camp 15 and 16. These accusations are a part of a long list of violations by the nation, which has only escalated in recent years.
By signing this petition you’ll urge the North Korean government to stop violating the human rights of its citizens and release innocent detainees so that they may live better lives.
Dear Kim Jong-un,
North Korea has recently been under fire for its failure to protect citizens’ human rights through the addition of more housing facilities at political prison camps. The ill-treatment of your citizens at the hands of a savage government is not only shameful but appalling. Despite what you believe, human rights are universal and to detain women and even children, collectively punishing them for being ‘guilty by association’, is equally disheartening.
I urge you to reconsider the political landscape of your country and to rediscover your empathy as many of these prisoners have committed no crime and deserve to live their lives freely, safely and justly. No man, woman or child should be subject to such heinous acts of cruelty. To obtain power through instilling fear is cowardly.
Please, let the innocent free.
[Your Name Here]
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