New Aerial Photos Show North Korea's Network of Prisons, Labor Camps

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (KCNA/via REUTERS)

The world has long been aware of North Korea's oppressive detention system through the stories of survivals, but aerial photos further reveal just how widespread the secret network of prisons and "re-education camps" are throughout the country.

A report titled "Parallel Gulags" published Thursday by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea describes the system as "arbitrary detention and severe repression."

Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, has vehemently denied the existence of the penal labor camps, referring to them as "re-education camps," where inmates are treated with "warm love and consideration."

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