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December 22nd, 2011
03:28 PM ET

An inside look at technology in North Korea


North Korea's technological infrastructure is quite limited. Cell phones are only for the wealthy and you can't even call outside the country. We talked with technology researcher Martyn Williams about how tightly controlled communications are in North Korea.


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  1. Mike Smith

    Communist China is just as brutal as their North Korean comrades regarding human rights abuse:


    Torture of detainees is endemic in Chinese detention centers and prisons. Although China became party to the UN Convention Against Torture in 1988, the government has not taken effective measures to diminish the risk of prisoners being tortured or ill-treated. Despite strong evidence of torture in several cases of death in custody, state prosecutors have refused to release autopsy results to families or to initiate investigations. In many detention centers, beatings, inadequate food and poor hygiene appear to be a routine part of the process of eliciting confessions and compliance from detainees. Such treatment is applied to ordinary prisoners as well as political detainees.
    According to prisoner reports, methods commonly used by guards include: beatings using electric batons; rubber truncheons on hands and feet; long periods in handcuffs and/or leg irons, often tightened so as to cause pain; restriction of food to starvation levels; and long periods in solitary confinement. Furthermore, corrupt authorities at detention centers, prisons and labor camps have extorted large sums of money from families of detainees for the state's provision of "daily supplies" and "medical expenses."

    Despite continuing efforts by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations, PRC officials have not agreed to allow open and unannounced visits to prisoners. PRC authorities acknowledge that there are some 1.2 million prisoners and detainees in China.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lusajo

    Dah it is hot over there like in africa or i can say condition over there it is much worse goverment must check it again

    January 2, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pruden

      sort of they put a cap on it, from what I know, and it's stopped but penaraptly it could start up again since the cap is a somewhat of a temporary fix. I'm not exactly sure if it's completely stopped or if some is still leaking out but from what I know, it's mostly contained.

      March 24, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shubham

    I tend to find that both the right and left (and those outside of the tired 2-dimentional scale) offer some great point of views. Hopefully the more peolpe read all the different takes on the issues, the more likely peolpe will start thinking outside of the two-party dominated system.Keep up the good work Len. Hopefully you are seeing more traffic as a result.

    March 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |