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    Report: Sexual Violence Rampant in North Korea

    International advocacy group Human Rights Watch released a report yesterday accusing North Korean officials, police and soldiers of routine sexual violence against women. The 86-page paper was compiled over two years from interviews with 54 defectors who fled since 2011 — the year Kim Jong Un became leader. Victims said the abuse is so normalized that women rarely report it: North Korea’s crime statistics show single-digit rape convictions each year. Meanwhile, the U.S. and South Korea have avoided the issue of the regime’s rights abuses during recent diplomatic talks.

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