North Korean prisoners ‘used as fertiliser after being worked to death’

North Korean prisoners are being worked to death by Kim Jong-un and made into "human fertiliser", a chilling new report claims.

Citizens caught trying to flee the authoritarian state are reportedly forced to rear pigs to feed the tubby tyrant and his henchmen in 21st century gulags.

Harrowing satellite images are said to reveal mass graves at the cruel labour camps used to fertilise soil for prized flowers.

The report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) claims to show a rapidly expanding secret labour camp 30 miles east of capital Pyongyang.

The Chŭngsan No 11 Detention Facility is said to enslave hungry refugees caught trying to escape the hermit state, the Sun reports.

It is part of the Kwan-li-so political prison system — which the UN has described as resembling "the horrors of camps that totalitarian states established during the twentieth century".

Inmates who were released and managed to flee the country have described the grotesque conditions of at least 2,000 political prisoners in the report.

HRNK executive director Greg Scarlatoiu said: "The very presence of secret burial grounds and crematoria at camps scattered throughout the country indicates that the authorities assume and expect a high death rate in detention.

"Just like the Soviet gulag, a camp such as No 11 amalgamates economic exploitation of prisoners with the lethal nexus of forced labor and induced malnutrition.

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"Seventy-two years after the Kim regime assumed power — and 67 years after the death of Stalin — its cruelty is on par with the worst of Stalinist punitive practices."

Most of the pigs raised in the camp were said to be "exclusively used to feed the privileged classes within the capital city of Pyongyang”.

HRNK Senior Satellite Imagery Analyst and principal report author Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. said: "The Chŭngsan No 11 Detention Facility is unique among North Korea’s notorious prisons not only for its length of service but for a combination of its dispersed organization, and the reportedly high death rate due to malnutrition and brutality.

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"Its inmates are directly tasked with providing meat, fish, and salt to the power-holding elite in Pyongyang — the very group that imprisoned them."

It's estimated 2,000 prisoners died or were executed in the camp each year.

One camp survivor recalled in the report: "They ran out of land to bury the bodies because so many people died.

"People call this mountain the ‘flower hill’ because Azalea blooms every spring and covers the entire mountain.

"The buried bodies act as natural fertilizers and help the flower trees to bloom.

"The flowers are especially red and the trees are green."

The detention facility dates back to at least 1975, but has been rapidly expanded in the past decade.

Kim's regime denies the camps exist.

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