10 North Korean Officials Killed By Firing Squad ‘For Watching Operas’
The senior members of the ruling regime were reportedly allies of Jong-un’s uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who was executed in December of 2013 over suspicions that he was trying to undermine his nephew’s power.
Virtually all foreign media are banned in the notoriously isolated nation, but copies of South Korean and Chinese television shows are regularly distributed on the black market.
As many as 50 North Korean officials are said to have been publicly executed this year, making it Jong-un’s third internal killing spree since 2011.
Additionally, South Korean media reported last week that six officials, one of whom was the commanding officer of the North Korean air force, have not been seen in public in several months, the Daily Mail reports. It’s unknown if any of those missing overlap with the officials recently killed.
News of the 10 executions comes a day after Jong-un shockingly invited a UN human rights investigator to a meeting.
It also comes shortly after Jong-un spent 40 days away from the spotlight due to a recently-removed cyst on his ankle.
According to the Daily Mail, UN Human Rights Chief Marzuki Darusman said he greatly appreciates the invitation but isn’t sure if he’ll accept because it will be Jong-un’s attempt to convince the UN not to prosecute him for a vast array of human rights violations.
These crimes were detailed in a UN Commission Report published last February, with the most outrageous occurring at torturous prison camps reminiscent of Nazi Germany.
The meeting would be North Korea’s first with the UN in 10 years.
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