PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Public executions in North Korea, on decline since 2000, rose this year, the Chosun Ilbo reported Tuesday quoting a relief agency in Seoul.
Those executed included people who allegedly disobeyed the North Korean Workers' Party orders and others accused of murder and human trafficking, the report said.
Others who face the harshest punishment are those who violate the country's foreign currency regulations.
One accused was hit with 90 bullets as 150,000 residents and party officials watched in North Korea's Pyongan Province in October, Chosun Ilbo reported.
The report also said North Korea's jails are overcrowded, with many being jailed for crimes committed for their food needs. The report said families of North Korean who have defected to other places are exiled to distant mountainous regions.
Noh Ok-jae, a director at the Good Friends relief agency, was quoted as saying this year's floods have further damaged farmlands, threatening a new food crisis for North Koreans.
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