American Prisoners in North Korea on Hunger Strike in Protest

Pyongyang, North Korea (GRN) — Despite diplomatic attempts to free American citizens currently in North Korean prisons, the closed-off nation has held dozens of Americans in its prisons for over a decade. GRN was provided an exclusive interview with the prisoners and their guards. More than a third of the detainees are now on a hunger strike and are currently being force-fed liquid nutrients, “to preserve life or prevent serious self-harm,” said Chin Ho Nu, a spokesman for the North Korean government.

The process involves a detainee being strapped to a chair and having Ensure poured into a plastic tube that runs down his nose and throat. In the past eight days, Nu said two detainees had tried to commit suicide by hanging themselves.

“The North Korean government has abdicated responsibility for lives of the innocent men that it has tortured and imprisoned for over a decade,” said Patrick Darrelson, an attorney representing five of the detainees.

Newman and other detainee attorneys say, besides discontent over more invasive cell inspections, the underlying cause of the hunger strike is indefinite detention without charges coupled with the knowledge that half the detainees have been approved for transfer but are not leaving.

“I have no reason to believe that I will ever leave this prison alive,” said Thomas Mattison, one of the detainees, in a written declaration. “Indefinite detention is the worst form of torture. I am an innocent man. I have never done anything against North Korea, and I never would.”

Attempts by the U.S. government to negotiate directly with North Korea have proved unsuccessful. Attorneys for the United States appealed to the International Court of Justice, a branch of the United Nations, but their motion for relief was denied. Judges ruling in the case cited the lack of ability to enforce whatever order they might give.

Detainee attorney Matt Benson said of indefinite detentions: “The international court is not failing—it has failed. North Korean prisons remain a legal black hole where international laws do not apply.”

Editor’s note: This is a golden rule-based narrative, based upon this news story. To learn more about our content, click here.

Share This

GRN Breaking Headlines



Other Headlines