Kaechon North Korea



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Description: The Kaechon political prison camp (개천 제14호 관리소), also known as Camp 14, is located in the center of the country, approximately 40 miles north of Pyongyang, in South Pyongan Province. Situated on the

The Kaechon political prison camp (개천 제14호 관리소), also known as Camp 14, is located in the center of the country, approximately 40 miles north of Pyongyang, in South Pyongan Province. Situated on the north bank of the Taedong River, the camp is directly across the river from the Pukchang political prison camp (Camp 18) and near Mount Purok. The Kaechon political prison camp is located 12 miles to the southeast of Kaechon reeducation labor camps (개천 제1호교화소). The DPRK government maintains different systems of labor camps – the kwan-li-so, or political prison camps, and the kwo-hwa-so, or reeduction labor camps – among other types of detention facilities.

Kaechon is approximately 60 square miles in area and is said to hold 15,000 prisoners, all serving life sentences. The camp appears to have been operating since at least the 1960s.

Like all political prison camps in North Korea, Kaechon is designed to segregate from the general prison population those “enemies of the State” that have committed political crimes and to punish them for those crimes through unending hard labor. However, some Kaechon prisoners are victims of the regime’s “three generations of punishment,” in which two subsequent generations within the family of a “politically unreliable” person might be sent to the camps or born there, and might subsequently die in the camp without necessarily having committed a crime themselves.

Kaechon is essentially one large total control zone from which there is no release. Economic activities that employ prisoners as slave labor have included mining, textiles, farming, and livestock raising. Induced starvation is common among prisoners, who are driven to catch and eat rodents, frogs, and snakes.




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