North Korea: American Matthew Miller sentenced to 6 years hard labor
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American Citizen Matthew Todd Miller was convicted for committing "hostile acts" to North Korea. He is sentenced to six years of hard labor. While his fate is now known, the crime that he committed is still unclear. According to the Korean Central News Agency, Matthew arrived on April 10 under the guise of a tourist. Afterwards, he then rips up his tourist Visa and demanded to seek asylum and said "he came to the DPRK after choosing it as a shelter." Later, the U.S. state department demanded his and fellow prisoner Kenneth Bae's release. Spokesman Dolly Holladay on this topic says "The charges for which he (Miller) and the other detained U.S. citizens were arrested and imprisoned would not give rise to arrest or imprisonment in the United States or in many other countries around the world," In an interview with CNN, Miller told Will Ripley that he "prepared to violate the law of DPRK before coming here. And I deliberately committed my crime" Though he did not specify on what his crime exactly was. Keep in mind that there were North Korean officials present, and he had to be careful of what he said. "My situation is very urgent" Miller said to CNN. "Very soon, I'm going to trial and I will directly be sent to prison. I think this interview is my final chance to push the American government into helping me."
Ideals related to the story
This story related to the ideals of Liberty and Rights.
The government of the DPRK is a communist dictatorship known for it's human rights abuse. And the fate of Matthew Miller is no exception. The human rights of Matthew were violated by the North Korean Government from receiving a cruel and unusual punishment, for trying to spy on North Korea, and wanting to be a "second Snowden." Matthew's liberty was also violated. Where he was arrested and imprisoned for going against the DPRK. In North Korea, freedom of speech is highly rejected by the North Korean Government. His interviews with CNN as well as other prisoner's interviews. Were monitored by the government, so he didn't have the freedom to tell any information he wanted to show.