Arab and international Since 2017-07-19 at 12:55 (Baghdad time)
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North Korea is carrying out public executions on rivers, school playgrounds and markets on charges such as stealing copper from factory machinery, spreading South Korean media and prostitution, a report said.
The report, issued by a non-governmental group (Transitional Justice) based in Seoul, said today that many of the extrajudicial executions without trial are usually part of a government campaign to combat certain behavior.
The Transitional Justice Group said its report was based on interviews with 375 North Korean dissidents over two years.
The group includes human rights activists and researchers led by Lee Yunghuan, a human rights defender in North Korea.
The group receives most of its funding from the US-based Endoment for Democracy, which is funded by the US Congress.
The report aims to document the execution of death sentences and mass graves. The group says it has not been documented before, to support international efforts to hold perpetrators accountable for what it calls crimes against humanity.
"The attached maps and testimonies give a picture of the extent of violations that have occurred over decades," the group said