Kim Jong-un held public executions to spread fear in North Korea, says rights group

Human rights group claims Kim Jong-un regime 'killed criminals in public to create fear'

A human rights group claims North Korea kills criminals in public

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A human rights group has claimed Kim Jong-un's regime shot alleged criminals to death to create an “atmosphere of fear."

The Transnational Justice Working Group has claimed that the alleged criminals were shot in locations such as school playgrounds and fish markets.

The group took information from 300 North Korean refugees to compile the report, according to The New York Post.

Refugees reportedly claim to have witnessed a firing squad killing criminals in public areas with large crowds, so that others would live in fear.

The report said: “In ordinary areas outside the prison system, our interviewees stated that public executions take place near river banks, in river beds, near bridges, in public sports stadiums, in the local marketplace, on school grounds in the fringes of the city, or on mountainsides."

Crimes for which people were said to be executed include stealing rice and livestock as well as sharing media from South Korea.

However some were said to have committed more serious crimes such as murder, manslaughter, sexual assault and organised prostitution.

The report also stated that many of those killed also had a "bad" family background.

The organisation hopes that mapping out the areas where people have been killed will help provide evidence to prove the regime has committed crimes against humanity.

The regime has previously denied abusing human rights and in 2014 it claimed America is the “world’s worst rights violator."