On Tuesday 10 April 2012, the US-based non-governmental organization Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), released a report entitled "The Hidden Gulag", saying that there are over 150.000 people detained in political prisons in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The detailed Report is based on interviews with former prisoners and guards as well as satellite photos revealing the extent of political detention and the horrible living conditions in the camps.
In addition, Amnesty International (AI) this Thursday condemned the situation of politically motivated detention, calling the prison camps “places out of sight of the rest of the world, where almost the entire range of human rights protections are ignored” and criticized the devastating human rights situation in general. Torture, forced labour and execution is part of the everyday reality of detainees, according to former prison guards and inmates.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea denies the existence of the camps.