Amnesty International commissioned analysis of satellite images of political prison camps (named kwanliso) in North Korea: namely kwanlisos 15 and 16. The images show that instead of heeding the growing calls for closing its political prison camps, repression by the North Korean authorities has continued and the prisoner population appears to have increased. Hundreds of thousands of people – including children – are held in political prison camps and other detention facilities in North Korea. Kwanliso 16 is the largest political prison camp in North Korea. A former security official in that camp told Amnesty International of different forms of executions he had witnessed where inmates were forced to dig their own graves and then killed by hammer blows to their necks by prison authorities. He also recounted that several women inmates disappeared after they had been raped by officials. …
Ye were not form’d to live the life of brutes, but virtue to pursue and knowledge high.
Echoing this exhortation uttered by Ulysses to his men (Hell, Canto XXVI, verses 119-120) Dantepoliglotta launched its project dedicated to human rights and their preservation. Like the “voices” of Francesca, symbol of cultural struggle against violence towards women, so too the “voices” of Ulysses, symbol of human nobility, intend to give an indirect, peculiar multilingual contribution to the initiatives and informative campaigns which will find room in this Human Rights Corner.
The “Korean voice” of Francesca, who reads the verses of Francesca da Rimini (Hell, V, 88-142) in the Korean translation by Chung Noh-Young: click here.
The “Korean voice” of Ulysses, who reads the verses of Ulysses (Hell, XXVI, 90-142) in the Korean translation by Chung Noh-Young: click here.