Foreign and Defense Policy, Asia

Human rights violations on the rise in North Korea

Predictions that the human rights situation in North Korea would worsen—inconceivable as that may sound—in the wake of Kim Jong-il’s death are being borne out, if the following report is accurate:

Daily NK learned from a source from North Hamkyung Province on January 10th, “The authorities are handing down at least six months in a labor-training camp to anybody who didn’t participate in the organized gatherings during the mourning period, or who did participate but didn’t cry and didn’t seem genuine.”

Furthermore, the source added that people who are accused of circulating rumors criticizing the country’s 3rd generation dynastic system are also being sent to re-education camps or being banished with their families to remote rural areas…

The source even revealed that public trials are being employed without regard for the frigid weather to judge people who attempted to leave North Korea during the mourning period, either to defect or to smuggle, as well as those discovered using mobile phones to make calls out.

Much of the international community has been calling for stability on the Korean peninsula. Well, this is what stability looks like in the North. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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