19/02/2014 06:45 GMT | Updated 19/02/2014 06:59 GMT

8 Horrifying Defector Sketches Revealing Torture, Starvation & Death In North Korean Prisons (PICTURES)

Horrifying sketches depicting torture, starvation and abuse in North Korea's prisons have emerged in the light of a UN report into human rights abuses.

The drawings show emaciated inmates being brutally abused and resorting to eating rats and snakes to survive. They were submitted by defector Kim Kwang-Il, who was jailed for travelling to China to sell pine mushrooms.

The UN report accuses North Korean regime of committing crimes against humanity including the extermination, starvation and enslavement of its population.

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