North Koreans start their morning commute down a road intersection in Pyongyang on Tuesday. The fate of North Koreans suspected of opposing the ruling establishment is draconian. The few who have escaped tell of unspeakable acts of torture, of long hours of slave labour, of confinement to tiny cells and, finally, starvation and disease. Photo: AP North Koreans start their morning commute down a road intersection in Pyongyang on Tuesday. The fate of North Koreans suspected of opposing the ruling establishment is draconian. The few who have escaped tell of unspeakable acts of torture, of long hours of slave labour, of confinement to tiny cells and, finally, starvation and disease. Photo: AP
North Koreans start their morning commute down a road intersection in Pyongyang on Tuesday. The fate of North Koreans suspected of opposing the ruling establishment is draconian. The few who have escaped tell of unspeakable acts of torture, of long hours of slave labour, of confinement to tiny cells and, finally, starvation and disease. Photo: AP
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Otto Warmbier’s death brings to light the brutality of North Korean dynastic rule

Donald Kirk says with the outside world largely focused on Pyongyang’s nuclear development, within the hermit kingdom unspeakable acts of torture, enslavement and other crimes against humanity remain commonplace

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North Koreans start their morning commute down a road intersection in Pyongyang on Tuesday. The fate of North Koreans suspected of opposing the ruling establishment is draconian. The few who have escaped tell of unspeakable acts of torture, of long hours of slave labour, of confinement to tiny cells and, finally, starvation and disease. Photo: AP North Koreans start their morning commute down a road intersection in Pyongyang on Tuesday. The fate of North Koreans suspected of opposing the ruling establishment is draconian. The few who have escaped tell of unspeakable acts of torture, of long hours of slave labour, of confinement to tiny cells and, finally, starvation and disease. Photo: AP
North Koreans start their morning commute down a road intersection in Pyongyang on Tuesday. The fate of North Koreans suspected of opposing the ruling establishment is draconian. The few who have escaped tell of unspeakable acts of torture, of long hours of slave labour, of confinement to tiny cells and, finally, starvation and disease. Photo: AP
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