According to a new report by Amnesty International, there are around 200 000 people imprisoned at various political prison camps throughout North Korea. The majority of inmates are being held at six vast prison camps, including the infamous Yodok facility. Thousands were also being held “in at least 180 other detention facilities” and “most were imprisoned without trial,” the report said.
The North Korean government also apparently detained about two hundred former officials last year “in a bid to secure power for its inexperienced new leader Kim Jong-un, and some were executed,” the report added.
The Korea Times published an article about the report last week which can be read here.
Amnesty’s full report on North Korea prisoners can be found here.