North Korea announces amnesty for prisoners

North Korea announces amnesty for prisoners
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 9:02am

North Korea's state media announced tuesday that the reclusive country will grant amnesty to convicts to commemorate the birthday of former leaders Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung. Despite the announcement, officials did not give any information as to how many prisoners would be released, or who.

Amnesty International estimates as many as 200,000 people are being held in political prison camps around the country. The last amnesty was announced in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the country's ruling party's foundation.

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