By Rachel Pulaski
On August 17th, a North Korean pop-star Hyon Song-wol, who was rumored to be Kim Jong-un’s former lover, was arrested with her musical group the Unhasu Orchestra and with musicians from the Wangjaesan Light Music Band on charges of pornography. According to International Business Times, Kim Jong-un’s current wife, Ri Sol-ju, once belonged to the musical group the Unhasu Orchestra so “it is possible that these executions are more about Kim’s wife.” The group of 12 musicians were publicly executed three days later by machine guns. Music video of Hyon Song-wol:
“They were executed with machine guns while the key members of the Unhasu Orchestra, Wangjaesan Light Band and Moranbong Band as well as the families of the victims looked on,” said a Chinese source reported in the Chosun Ilbo newspaper.
Kim met Hyon about a decade ago, before either of them were married but was later ordered to break off their relationship by his father Kim Jong-il. She then married a soldier but there have been rumours that the two continued their love affair.
More human rights violations such as false imprisonment, child murder and torture are surfacing. One woman had her finger cut off for dropping a sewing machine. North Korea still denies the UN commission to visits its prison camps. New testimony by Jee Heon (34) who was born in captivity at a prison camp describes the events he witnessed while being imprisoned: Via Telegraph:
“It was the first time I had seen a newborn baby and I felt happy. But suddenly there were footsteps and a security guard came in and told the mother to turn the baby upside down into a bowl of water,” she said.
“The mother begged the guard to spare her, but he kept beating her. So the mother, her hands shaking, put the baby face down in the water. The crying stopped and a bubble rose up as it died. A grandmother who had delivered the baby quietly took it out.”