The New York Times is reporting that Euna Lee and Laura Ling –sister to former The View host Lisa Ling– has been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for "“committing hostilities against the Korean nation and illegal entry." Diplomats had hoped that the journalists might be released as a gesture to ease the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Unfortunately, the sentence can not be appealed.
The North’s labor camps are notoriously brutal. International human rights groups and North Korean defectors say detainees are subjected to frequent beatings, hunger and inhumane workloads. Ms. Ling is said to suffer an ulcer, while Ms. Lee has a four-year-old daughter at home.