Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief
Last Modified: 02:50 a.m. EDT, 03 March 2013
Originally Published: 17:57 p.m. EDT, 4 May 2011
LONDON, England – Today released a report claiming the camps for political prisoners are expanding in size. A in an interview recounted a horrific tale of his three-year internment in the sprawling camp.
The Gulag camp system was officially created on “April 25, 1930 and claims have been made that it was dismantled on January 13, 1960. Wherever there is political oppression, lack of freedom of speech, and dissidence is viewed as sedition the conditions exist for internment camps to operate with relative impunity.
More than 14 million people passed through the Gulag from 1929 to 1953, with a further 6 to 7 million being deported and exiled to remote areas of the USSR. According to a 1993 study of incomplete archival Soviet data, a total of 1,053,829 people died in the Gulag from 1934 to 1953.
More complete data puts the death toll for this same time period at 1,258,537, with an estimated 1.6 million casualties from 1929 to 1953.These estimates exclude those who died shortly after their release but whose death resulted from the harsh treatment in the camps;such deaths happened frequently.The total population of the camps varied from 510,307 (in 1934) to 1,727,970 (in 1953).
Most Gulag inmates were not political prisoners, although the political prisoner population was always significant. People could be imprisoned in a Gulag camp for crimes such as petty theft, unexcused absences from work, and anti-government jokes.About half of the political prisoners were sent to Gulag prison camps without trial; official data suggest that there were more than 2.6 million imprisonment sentences in cases investigated by the secret police, 1921-1953.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Amnesty International asserts that there are currently about 200,000 people in the North Korean prison camps. Critics counter that the satellite photos do not prove that the areas identified actually show four of the six prison camps believed to exist in North Korea’s South Pyongyang, South Hamkyung and North Hamkyung provinces.