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#1 Yana T.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 03:42 AM

Camp 22, North Korea
 
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Camp 22 is a political prison camp in North Korea. The official name is Kwan-li-so (penal labor colony) No. 22. The camp is a maximum security area, completely isolated from the outside world.  Prisoners and their families are held in lifelong detention. Camp 22 is located in Hoeryong county, North Hamgyong province, in northeast North Korea, near the border with China and Russia. Camp 22 is said to hold 50,000 men, women, and children. - all of North Korea’s numerous labor camps and detention facilities, large and small, Camp 22 is one of the largest, and almost certainly the most terrible, if only for the inhuman experiments witnesses say were done to the men, women, children, and even infants sent there. 
 
Former guard Ahn Myong-chol describes the conditions in the camp as harsh and life-threatening. Ahn estimates that about 30% of the prisoners have deformities, such as torn off ears, smashed eyes, crooked noses, and faces covered with cuts and scars resulting from beatings and other mistreatment. Prisoners get 180 g of corn per meal (two times a day), with almost no vegetables and no meat. The only meat in their diets is from rats, snakes or frogs that they catch.
 
Gitarama Central Prison, Gitarama, Rwanda
 
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Gitarama Central Prison in Muhanga District Southern Province of Rwanda is sadly known as one of the world’s worst prisons. Ordinary men, women and children facing charges can wait in legal purgatory indefinitely, with little if not no access to family, medical assistance, and legal counsel. Some have been imprisoned for 16 years without an expected date of trial. According to The Independent, it is the most crowded penitentiary in the world, and probably the most horrific.Crammed into a walled space half the size of a football pitch, 7,000 men are detained in conditions which, were they cattle in Europe, would have animal rights activists up in arms. Such is the overcrowding in Gitarama, a prison built for 400 inmates, that each man has only half a square yard of space. Among referrals of inmates to a nearby hospital, 38 per cent are suffering from trauma wounds, including burst eardrums and bites caused by other prisoners; and 41 per cent are suffering from rotting feet from standing barefoot on the wet and dirty ground. Many have had toes, feet and legs amputated as a result.
 
La Sante, Paris, France
 
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La Santé Prison is a prison operated by the Ministry of Justice located in the 14th arrondissement in Paris, France. It is one of the most famous prisons in France, with both VIP and high security wings. It is one of the most famous prisons in France. Built in 1867, it is one of the three main prisons in Paris, and was used to hold both common criminals and prisoners of war during World War ll. Prisoners are reportedly forced to share their cells with rats and lice. As far as daily life goes, the stronger prisoners often enslave the weaker ones, and rape is a common thing there. Due to violence, unsanitary conditions, lack of proper staffing, and overcrowding, many prisoners fall into deep states of depression and opt for suicide. Suicide was rampant at la Sante, with a staggering 122 self-inflicted deaths of prisoners in 2002, and 73 more by mid 2003.
 
Camp 1391, Israel
 
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Camp 1391 is an Israel Defense Forces prison camp for "high-risk" prisoners in northern Israel, run by Unit 504 and less than an hour's drive from Tel Aviv. The existence of the prison was unknown to the public before 2003, and most information about it remains classified, though Israel's supreme court ordered the release of some information about the jail. Facility 1391 has been airbrushed from Israeli aerial photographs and purged from modern maps. Where once a police station was marked there is now a blank space. Sometimes even the road leading to it has been erased. Unlike any other Israeli prison, the International Red Cross, lawyers and members of the Israeli parliament have been refused access. According to accounts of former captives, the detainees are led into the facility blindfolded, and kept in cells (most are 2  m × 2 m) with no natural light. Some of the cells do not have adequate toilet facilities and the guards control the running water.
 
Stanley Prison, Hong Kong
 
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Stanley Prison is one of the six maximum security facilities in Hong Kong. It is currently the oldest institution still in service and houses both male adult convicted prisoners male adult remand prisoners. Stanley Prison in Hong Kong holds some of that nation's most brutal and violent offenders. It was built in 1937 and is a maximum security facility. This prison allows the death penalty and more than 600 prisoners have been executed since they opened their doors nearly seven decades ago. It also became part of the Stanley Internment Camp during the Japanese occupation, as a place of torture and execution where 600 prisoners were killed. It's population generally tends to stay around the 3,000 inmate mark.
 

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:11 PM

Where is one more, Guantanomo. But we lack the information about it and Mr. Obama can't stop holding out promises about its close...

Though exist quite the opposite prisons, in Norway, in particular, the Ila Detention and Security Prison, where Anders Breivik is paying his penalty. Are you aware of the fact, that during his restraint he has passed the exams and at the moment he's a student of political science in the Oslo University?


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:30 PM

Recently I became a bit mistrustful of all those reports about squalor and brutality of North Korea, considering the fact that we get most of these reports straight from the United States and South Korea.


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 01:33 PM

Where is one more, Guantanomo. But we lack the information about it and Mr. Obama can't stop holding out promises about its close...

Though exist quite the opposite prisons, in Norway, in particular, the Ila Detention and Security Prison, where Anders Breivik is paying his penalty. Are you aware of the fact, that during his restraint he has passed the exams and at the moment he's a student of political science in the Oslo University?

 

Russians often joke that Breivik should've been incarcerated in a Russian prison to truly feel the pain and grief he had inflicted.

And as for other secret American prisons, let us not forget about all those CIA rendition sites in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The funny thing is, they even had some prison facilities in Syria.


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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:39 PM

Russians often joke that Breivik should've been incarcerated in a Russian prison to truly feel the pain and grief he had inflicted.

And as for other secret American prisons, let us not forget about all those CIA rendition sites in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The funny thing is, they even had some prison facilities in Syria.

:D From the Russian point of view Anders Breivik is like on a vacation, not in prison, am I right?
Admittedly the CIA prisons were located in Poland and Romania. Moreover the British newspaper «The Observer» claimed that the "Al-Tamara" prison in Morocco, the prison "Mulhak Al Mazra" and the local headquarters of the State Security Service in Egypt, as well as the detention centers in Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and other countries were used as well by the CIA.


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