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Album Title: Greg Scarlatoiu on Pyongyang′s public executions 그렉 스칼라튜 북한인권위원
Date: May 14, 2015
Location: Arirang News
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And the gruesome public execution is again... drawing attention to the regime′s rampant human rights violations. Arirang News′ Hwang Sung-hee turned to Greg Scarlatoiu , executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, for his insight on the issue. North Korea is executing its senior officers in the most gruesome way, according to Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. ″You are talking about an execution by ZPU-4 anti-aircraft machine gun. If you are talking about a person being hit by automatic fire, by 50-caliber rounds, you are literally talking about bodies being pulverized, obliterated, turned into pink mist.″ Last month, Scarlatoiu released the first-ever 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 violation, but adds the high-level executions could help bring about a change in the regime. ″Remember, this is, after all, a Confucian culture. Having something left, having a body, is very important. But they are simply obliterated. Every trace, any trace, that this person ever existed is eliminated. Now certainly these executions have had a lot of coverage, so I believe that this will indeed result in enhanced awareness internationally.″ What′s behind the brutality, says Scarlatoiu, is the young North Korean leader′s insecurity. Noting Pyongyang′s ties with Beijing have suffered after the execution of Jang Song-thaek who was the North′s point man on China he says the recent execution of defense chief Hyon Yong-chol may hurt relations with Russia. Hyon was the point man on Moscow, and even met with the Russian president last year. If those factors cause the situation to deteriorate, Scarlatoiu foresees more gruesome killings that could eventually shake up the entire regime. ″For this reason, the regime continues to be unstable and, unfortunately, as long as the regime continues to be unstable, the supreme leader, who also happens to be quite insecure, 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 Jong-un regime?″ ″We are coming to the realization that the highest-ranking officials of North Korea are also victims of human rights violations. I wonder, wouldn′t those same elites of North Korea start wondering about their own survival? If even the most loyal of the loyalists, who have served the Kim family for decades, are not safe, then who is?″ Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.

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