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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea executes lockdown violators fleeing starvation: UN

Expert says country's human rights abuses should be referred to ICC

People collect straw in preparation for winter on the North Korean island of Hwanggumpyong in the Yalu River on the border with China, in this photo taken from the Chinese side on Nov. 13, 2020.    © Kyodo

SEOUL -- Life in North Korea has never been easy, but 2020 was an especially somber year for the human rights of ordinary people in the isolated state.

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