Human experimentation in North Korea

There are reports [ citation needed ] about human experimentation projects in North Korea , where scientific experiments are conducted with human beings in prison camps in North Korea . [ Citation needed ] These reports show violations of human rights similar to those produced in human experiments conducted by the Nazis and the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II . These allegations of violation of these rights have been denied by the North Korean government, which claims that all prisoners in their territory are treated humanely.

Reports of organizations of defense of Human Rights

Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s non-profit Human Rights advocacy organization states on its website that there have been chemical experiments carried out on political prisoners , in addition to a report on the deaths of seven people in Two gas chambers, including a mother who held her younger son until she died.

BBC report on North Korea

A television documentary broadcast by the BBC on February 1, 2004 called North Korea: Access to Terror presents further evidence. 1 In the program, a former North Korean prisoner recounts how fifty young female inmates were selected and fed with poisoned cabbage leaves, all of which were forced to eat despite the cries of pain from which they had already tasted the food. All died after twenty minutes of vomiting blood and anal bleeding.

Kwon Hyok, a former security chief at Prison Camp 22, also describes the presence in the laboratory facilities equipped to emit poison gas as gas chambers and allow bleeding experiments. According to the interviewee, three or four people from the same family were normally the subjects of the experiment, and it was after a previous medical study when they were introduced to the laboratory, after sealing the camera to proceed to the introduction of Gas in the room through a tube. Meanwhile, the “scientists” watched from above through a glass ceiling. Kwon also reports that he was able to witness an entire experiment in which a family of parents, a son and a daughter died due to a type of gas suffocation, with parents trying to save the lives of their children through the practice of mouth resuscitation Mouth as long as they could.

An interview with human rights defender and activist Kim Sang-Hum was also issued. Sang-Hun showed documents in theory from camp 22 obtained by an exile. These documents provided evidence of the bureaucratic process by which a certain prisoner was transferred for experimentation with chemical weapons. Likewise, a London expert in Korea, also considers the documentary as true facts.

Despite all the research carried out by the BBC, North Korea has denied access by international observers to camp number 22.

Medical experimentation

Former prison guard Ahn Myung Chul has reported that the prisoners were used for “practicing the medical operation” for young doctors. According to him, these doctors would practice surgery on the prisoners without anesthesia. He also described the deliberate efforts to study the physical resistance of prisoners, who were subjected to hunger to death. [ Citation needed ]

Other reports

Lee Soon Ok, is a refugee who fled the North Korean regime, and one of the few that has managed to escape a life imprisonment in a maximum control area [ citation needed ] through China to South Korea . In his testimony of official desertion, his testimony before the United States Senate, 2 and the memoirs of his imprisonment and prison Eyes of the Tailless Animals: Prison Memoirs of a North Korean Woman ( ISBN 0-88264-335-5 ), counts His testimony as a witness to two lethal cases of human experimentation.

In 2004, a North Korean scientist unveiled a series of events that he witnessed in 1990 and which matched much of the information provided by Kwon Hyol. In 2009, she declared for the non-governmental organization Free North Korea and her testimony was collected by writer Barbara Demick in the Los Angeles Times. [ Citation needed ]


  1. Back to top↑ Olenka Frenkiel (January 30, 2004). «Documentary on» . BBC News . Accessed May 30, 2010 .
  2. Back to top↑ ‘testimony Soon Ok Lee ( English ) ” . US Senate June 21, 2002 . Accessed May 30, 2010 .