Hwaseong Political Prison Camp Area Divided and Inmates Separated… Change of management subject

Satellite image of the Hwaseong Political Prison Camp (2019). /Photo = Google Earth video

It is reported that North Korea divided the Hwaseong Political Prison Camp into two zones and separated the prisoners.

Daily NK, an insider inside North Korea, said on the 6th, “The Hwaseong Kwanliso (political prison camp) was divided into zones and people were separated from the inside. The ratio is about 8 to 2.”

In particular, it is said that North Korea divided the Hwaseong Political Prison Camp into two zones and moved the felony criminals to a new zone, while the existing zone was placed under social safety and the new zone was managed differently, such as under the Ministry of State Security.

However, it is not known exactly when the division of the district and the change of management entity took place.

A source said, “The management of the existing area has been changed (to social safety), but the security and management level are the same.

He continued, “The security officers in the old area went to the new area as management personnel,” he added.

Existing political prison camps in Hwaseong have been managed by the National Security Agency, and it is known that most of the political prison camps managed by the National Security Agency are completely controlled areas, so once they enter, they cannot return to society.

In this regard, the Daily News reported that in December last year, citing an insider, North Korea established a new political prisoner management system and sent 60% of those in North Hamgyong Province, Yanggang Province, Jagang Province and North Pyongan Province, evaluated as the worst political prisoners, to the Hwaseong Political Prison Camp. In particular, he said that the number of prisoners in the Hwaseong Political Prison Camp increased as a result of this, and some facilities were expanded. (▶Go to related article: Establishment of a new classification system for political prisoners… “60% of malicious criminals transferred to Kwanliso No. 16”)

The reason for dividing the Hwaseong political prison camp into two zones and separating the prisoners was to mobilize the prisoners for the construction of sensitive facilities requiring security, the source explained.

An actual source said, “This is a measure to mobilize prisoners in areas managed by the Social Security Administration to construct special bases or tunnels that are inaccessible to the general public under the escort of armed personnel when necessary.” Because it will never come out unless it changes,” he said.

It is reported that North Korea has recently abandoned the moratorium on nuclear and ICBM launches and is working to restore the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in Gilju-gun, North Hamgyong Province. Since the distance from Punggye-ri to the Hwaseong Political Prison Camp is about 20 km in a straight line, it is possible that prisoners of the Hwaseong Political Prison Camp are being mobilized to restore the nuclear test site.

A source said, “There is no significant change in the size of the management personnel of the Kwanliso, but the number of armed escorts, guards, and sentry personnel required to mobilize outside secret operations has increased by about three times.” It is interpreted that the necessary monitoring and security personnel were increased for the purpose of putting the prisoners in the construction of external security facilities.

In the midst of this, there was also a forecast that the human rights situation in the political prison camps could worsen further.

The source said, “Inmates in areas controlled by safety work in secret underground tunnels or work to death in places that are dangerous and impossible to mobilize by the general public. “There are a lot more people who will die sooner or later,” he said.

The source added, “In the management rules of the kwanliso, those who work in coal mines, mines, and mines, which are difficult even within the original management area, eat 100g higher than normal labor, but it has not been given for a long time.”


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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