Mother forced to drown baby in North Korean prison
A mother was forced to drown her own baby in a North Korea prison camp, a former prisoner has told a UN inquiry.
Jee Heon-a, 34, told the inquiry how she watched on as a guard forced a mother to kill the infant or suffer the consequences, ABC reports.
"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."
Ms Jee's testimony was just one of several harrowing accounts that detail the daily public executions and torture inside North Korea's prisons.
Shin Dong-hyuk, who was born in a prison called Camp 14, said he was forced to watch as his mother and brother were killed, punishment for dropping a sewing machine.
He said he had turned then in for his own survival.
"Because the North Korean people cannot stand up with guns like Libya and Syria Ö I personally think this is the first and last hope left," he said of the inquiry.
According to independent estimates, up to 200,000 people are detained in North Korean camps.
The North, under third-generation Kim family rule, has denied abuse of human rights and refused access to the Commission's investigators.