North Korea’s public executions so far this year – 60 at the last count – are running at twice the number in 2015.
The latest to be killed include the families of individuals who defected from North Korea, and brokers who enable money transfers from defectors to their kin in the North.
Six North Koreans responsible for overseeing state restaurant operations overseas were executed after 12 North Korean waitresses and their manager defected in April.
Nearly 200 officials and family members were forced to watch their public executions.
North Korea launched what it called the “200-Day Battle” on 1 June, “mobilising” the public behind various economic projects.
Those considered to be slackers are arrested and imprisoned.
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