Seoul-based Transitional Justice Working Group has documented 27 executions
Witness testimony has given harrowing accounts of state-sanctioned killings
These were carried out on charges of watching or distributing South Korean entertainment, drugs, prostitution and human trafficking, the group said
Since taking power, Kim Jong-un has cracked down on South Korean media
He has previously attacked such entertainment, calling it a 'vicious cancer'
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New details have come to light about state-sanctioned executions in North Korea, with witnesses saying one man's body was mutilated with a flamethrower as his father was made to watch.
Researchers from a human right's group heard witness testimonies of 27 state-sanctioned executions in the decade since Kim Jong-un took power after the sudden death of his father on December 17, 2011.
Of those, 23 executions were public - 21 by firing squad and two by hanging - with the report including harrowing descriptions from witnesses who have since defected to South Korea. The actual number is likely to be many times higher.
One witness told the the Seoul-based Transitional Justice Working Group, the organisation behind the report, that the executions were used as a warning from the state, with students and workers being ordered to watch.
'Even when there was fluid leaking from the condemned person's brain,' they told researchers, 'people were made to stand in line and look at the executed person in the face as a warning message.'
Another described the mutilation of bodies of those who had been executed.
Researchers from a human right's group heard testimonies of 27 state-sanctioned executions in the decade since Kim Jong-un (pictured in an image released by North Korean news agency in November) took power after the sudden death of his father on December 17, 2011
'In 2012 or 2013 in Pyongyang an executed body was burned with a flame-thrower in front of a crowd following execution,' the report says.
'The family of the accused was forced to attend the execution and sit in the front row to observe. The father fainted after watching his son burn in front of his eyes.'
An execution in Hyesan in 2012 saw a child shot dead with Kalashnikov rifles.
'Blood was splattered and flesh was tattered. The North Korean authorities folded the body of the executed in half by stepping on it, and put it in a sack,' the witness to the killing told researchers. 'I heard that they threw the sack away somewhere.'
The interviewees also described the inhumane treatment of prisoners before they were publicly executed.
'The condemned person was dragged out of the car like a dog before the public execution,' another witness said of a separate execution in Hyesan in 2012.
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