The good news is that South Korea, under new Presdient Lee Myung-bak, is investigating human rights abuses in North Korea.  The bad news is that the gulags are still there and North Korea remains one of the most repressive and cruelest regimes in the world.

For a decade, North Korea has denied such accounts from defectors, and South Korea has shied away from them to maintain good relations with its wartime rival. But now, under new President Lee Myung-bak, South Korea is investigating alleged abuses, including the prison camp system. South Korea’s state-run human rights watchdog is interviewing defectors and is hosting a two-day international forum this week on the issue…

One inmate, Choe Kwang Ho, sneaked away from his work for 15 minutes to pick fruit. He was executed, his mouth stuffed with gravel to prevent him from protesting, Jung recalled…

Defectors describe executions, torture in NKorea – San Jose Mercury News.

Also in the news is the rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is recovering from a stroke and might still be leading the country from a hospital bed.  Another rumor is that he had a ‘serious’ setback.

One Response to “South Korea begins investigating North Korean human rights abuses”

essny wrote a comment on October 31, 2008

I noticed that you’re now using the “c” instead of the “k.” In some ways, I think it’s an uphill battle, to get the official spelling back to Corea, but it seems that the possible reasons behind the push are good ones.

Care to comment?