Out of the North Korean Gulag

Park Choong Il has escaped from North Korea. Again. This time he doesn't expect to be going back. Park, an unemployed 23-year-old, fled to Russia in 1999, but despite receiving refugee status from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, he was returned to North Korea with assurances that nothing would happen to him. Nothing, it turns out, but excruciating torture. Park says he was held captive, beaten with iron chains and forced to lick the toilet hole in his cell. In April, with help from a Japan-based human-rights group, Park escaped to Southeast Asia, where he is hiding in a secret...

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