|Album Title:||Greg Scarlatoiu on Pyongyangâ€²s public executions ê·¸ë ‰ ìŠ¤ì¹¼ë¼íŠœ ë¶í•œì¸ê¶Œìœ„ì›|
|Date:||May 14, 2015|
And the gruesome public execution is again... drawing attention to the regime′s rampant human rights violations. Arirang News′ Hwang Sungï¼hee turned to Greg Scarlatoiu ï¼Œ executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Koreaï¼Œ for his insight on the issue. North Korea is executing its senior officers in the most gruesome wayï¼Œ according to Greg Scarlatoiuï¼Œ executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. ″You are talking about an execution by ZPUï¼4 antiï¼aircraft machine gun. If you are talking about a person being hit by automatic fireï¼Œ by 50ï¼caliber roundsï¼Œ you are literally talking about bodies being pulverizedï¼Œ obliteratedï¼Œ turned into pink mist.″ Last monthï¼Œ Scarlatoiu released the firstï¼ever satellite images of a public execution of roughly 10 senior North Korean officers at Kanggun shooting range. He calls the killings a clear human rights violationï¼Œ but adds the highï¼level executions could help bring about a change in the regime. ″Rememberï¼Œ this isï¼Œ after allï¼Œ a Confucian culture. Having something leftï¼Œ having a bodyï¼Œ is very important. But they are simply obliterated. Every traceï¼Œ any traceï¼Œ that this person ever existed is eliminated. Now certainly these executions have had a lot of coverageï¼Œ so I believe that this will indeed result in enhanced awareness internationally.″ What′s behind the brutalityï¼Œ says Scarlatoiuï¼Œ is the young North Korean leader′s insecurity. Noting Pyongyang′s ties with Beijing have suffered after the execution of Jang Songï¼thaek who was the North′s point man on China he says the recent execution of defense chief Hyon Yongï¼chol may hurt relations with Russia. Hyon was the point man on Moscowï¼Œ and even met with the Russian president last year. If those factors cause the situation to deteriorateï¼Œ Scarlatoiu foresees more gruesome killings that could eventually shake up the entire regime. ″For this reasonï¼Œ the regime continues to be unstable andï¼Œ unfortunatelyï¼Œ as long as the regime continues to be unstableï¼Œ the supreme leaderï¼Œ who also happens to be quite insecureï¼Œ will be very tempted to continue with this gruesome practice and with these executions.″ ″Could the constant purges and executions in turn destabilize the Kim Jongï¼un regimeï¼Ÿ″ ″We are coming to the realization that the highestï¼ranking officials of North Korea are also victims of human rights violations. I wonderï¼Œ wouldn′t those same elites of North Korea start wondering about their own survivalï¼Ÿ If even the most loyal of the loyalistsï¼Œ who have served the Kim family for decadesï¼Œ are not safeï¼Œ then who isï¼Ÿ″ Hwang Sungï¼heeï¼Œ Arirang News.
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