The shocking footage comes as US student Otto Warmbier, who had been held prisoner in North Korea for 17 months, died just days after North Korea released him from captivity in a coma.
The 22-year-old was arrested while visiting as a tourist and accused of trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean media.
Doctors caring for him last week described him as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness.”
Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today
His family said in a statement: “Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.”
The circumstances of Otto’s detention in North Korea and what medical treatment he may have received there remain a mystery, but relatives say his condition suggested that he had been physically abused by his captors.
Kim Jong-un’s gulags are notorious for human rights abuse with inmates sentenced to hard labour and reports of prisoners deprived of food and forced to eat rats and frogs to survive.
North Korean prisoners have suffered torture and brutality under Kim Jong-un’s regime
Kim Jong-un’s gulags are notorious for human rights abuses
It is estimated there are up to 200,000 inmates living in North Korea’s prisons, forced to survive in cramped lice-infested cells.
Armed guards with dogs patrol the prisons where many inmates experience regular beatings and torture as well as gruelling enforced labour which can see them pull ploughs across fields for 12 hours a day.
Former prison guards told Amnesty International that inmates were forced to dig their…