The kill folks in fish markets too. It's how they create an "atmosphere of fear" a Wednesday report from The Transnational Justice Working Group in Seoul reports, as they gathered information from over 300 North Korean refugees who were eyewitnesses to the regime's firing squad executing criminals in public areas to attract large crowds.
It's kind of like North Korean TV in a country where few people are privileged to own one.
The report said: "In ordinary areas outside the prison system, our interviewees stated that public executions take place near river banks, in river beds, near bridges, in public sports stadiums, in the local marketplace, on school grounds in the fringes of the city, or on mountainsides."
Some of the 'crimes' leading to executions, might be as simple as stealing rice or livestock, or distributing South Korean media. Such prisoners were mixed in with those convicted of violent crimes, such as murder and manslaughter, as well as prostitution and sexual assault.
"Many interviewees said that the final decision for a public execution was often influenced by individuals having a 'bad' family background in addition to the crime they were alleged to have committed," the report said.
Kim has long denied human rights abuses, but in 2014, a UN commission report found North Korea had a huge number of human rights violations.
Taking a page out of the Democrat playbook, North Korea insists its people are protected under the country's constitution and Pyongyang accuses the United States of being the "world's worst rights violator."
Tell that to Otto Warmbier's family.
The American student recently made international news after being sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for allegedly stealing a political poster from a Pyongyang hotel. Otto was returned home last month but was in a coma and soon after his homecoming, he died.
Warmbier had suffered severe brain damage at the hands of the North Koreans, but they deny cruelly treating or torturing him during his time in prison and said that it was poor North Korea who was the "biggest victim" in the incident.