Satellite images of political prison camp Kwanliso 16 taken June 11, 2010 and Nov. 18, 2012.
The images show further investment in and maintenance of production facilities, focused on mining, agriculture and logging.
The 2010 satellite image captures the construction of a new facility within Kwanliso 16. In the image further below from November 2012, the industrial facility appears to be operational and new support buildings are visible. In October 2013, Amnesty International commissioned analysis of satellite images of political prison camp (Kwanliso) 15 at Yodok in South Hamgyong province and Kwanliso 16 at Hwaseong in North Hamgyong province. The images show that instead of heeding the growing calls for closing its political prison camps, repression by the North Korean authorities has continued and the prisoner population in kwanliso 16 appears to have slightly increased. The North Korean authorities’ on-going investment in the country’s political prison camps is part of the continuing systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights throughout the country.