Amnesty International has called for the UN to establish an inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea after satellite images uncovered evidence of an expansion of an area thought to be a prison camp, north of Pyongyang.
Amnesty researchers found that between 2006 and 2013 North Korea has constructed a new 20km perimeter around the Ch’oma-Bongvalley, located 70km north of Pyongyang. The new perimeter is said to include civilian villages and encloses inhabitants within it.
Amnesty analysts also identified the construction of new buildings that appear to house workers, which they say is likely to be associated with an expansion of mining activity in the region. Amnesty's Frank Jannuzi said the images are worse than expected:
We expected to find a new prison camp. What we found is in some ways even more worrisome.
The creation of a security perimeter with controlled access points and guard towers beyond what appears to be the formal boundaries of Camp 14 blurs the line between more than 100,000 people who suffer in North Korea’s Kwan-li-so system and the neighbouring civilian population.
New satellite images show the North Korean government is expanding the perimeters of a prison camp north of Pyongyang, according to Amnesty International.
North Korea continues to deny the existence of such camps. Amnesty International says the new images show the camp is extending into the nearby area, thereby blurring the lines between the camps and the surrounding population.
The satellite images were specially commissioned after reports of a possible construction of a new political prison camp.
These two acts of despicable killings of children in Kandahar and Kapisa provinces must be subject to prompt, independent and thorough investigations – those responsible must be held to account in trials that meet international standards of fairness, without use of the death penalty.
Reports that the young boy was killed by the Taliban to avenge his brother’s service with the Afghan Local Police highlight the challenges in establishing rule of law in Afghanistan. The Taliban have denied responsibility. In the past, Afghan insurgent groups have targeted civilians – including children – for their perceived allegiance to the government.
– Amnesty International’s deputy director for Asia Polly Truscott
Around 130 people, including 62 civilians, have been killed in violence across Syria today, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed.
Some 200 people were killed throughout the country on Wednesday, according to the Observatory.
Troops loyal to President Bashar al Assad hammered the town of Daraya - located on the outskirts of Damascus - today and yesterday, killing at least 25 people and wounding another 200, opposition sources told the Reuters news agency.
Locals said soldiers raided houses and used mortar bombs in the streets as artillery and helicopters continued the assault on the town, meeting little resistance.
In Aleppo, tank shells crashed into buildings as civilians returned to check their houses and grab their belongings.
The son of late Chechen warlord Ruslan Gelayev has been killed in Syria by regime forces, according to Russian news reports.
However, the details of how and where Rustam Gelayev, 24, died differ.
Chechenews.com claims Mr Gelayev was killed earlier this month during the shelling of an Aleppo mosque after he joined a unit of volunteers fighting alongside the insurgents.
Kavkazcenter.com reported Mr Gelayev died when his unit "entered into a battle with superior forces of the Alawite regime".
However, Russian newspaper Kommersant, citing a relative, said Mr Gelayev had been studying in Syria when he decided to leave because of the violence. He was on his to Turkey when he was killed, according to the report.