We must be listened to... It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere.
That ['Hidden Gulag'] was the title of an unprecedented conference organized by the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights. The gulag is a network of labor camps that houses 150,000 to 200,000 prisoners. They are generally arrested for no crime, sent away with no trial, never again allowed to communicate with anyone outside the camps, fed on starvation rations and forced to work until they die. Other than from one camp, according to South Korean expert Yoon Yeo-sang, no one deported to North Korea's gulag is ever released.
As noted by Blaine Harden, author of the recently published book "Escape from Camp 14," the North Korean gulag has existed twice as long as did the Soviet network of labor camps created by Lenin and Stalin, and 12 times as long as Hitler's concentration camps.
There's a review by Andrew Anthony of Blaine Harden's book in today's Observer:
From Czesław Miłosz's poem 'Campo dei Fiori':
The narrative, I should warn sensitive readers, is unyielding in its pain and despair.
Those dying here, the lonely
Forgotten by the world,
Our tongue becomes for them
The language of an ancient planet.