Slideshow: Images from North Korea’s Gulag

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As North Korea continues to draw the world’s attention with a combination of missile tests and tearful family reunions, last month’s detailed report by a special UN commission of inquiry has provided a long-overdue reminder that the regime in Pyongyang is not simply a vexing security problem or a bizarre curiosity for the media, but one of the most repugnant human rights abusers the world has ever seen.

The following drawings are just a few of those collected by Free the NK Gulag, a nonprofit organization established in South Korea by former inmates of North Korean camps for political prisoners. They depict the horrific conditions in the camps and may be disturbing for some viewers.

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