Stark destitution and starvation for the vast majority of the populace in North Korea is a thing the human mind finds hard to fathom, because the administration top choices have feasts every day. Lawbreakers are not only rebuffed, but rather all ages of their relatives until the point that they have figured out how to “love” their nation.
It doesn’t help that for any guests, the restriction and escorting are intense to the point that it’s less of a fun. Under the greater part of this perplexity and mystery are some dull conditions, and considerably darker stories.
Here, we investigate 10 of the most exceedingly bad human rights infringement done by the North Korean government.
10. Public Executions
While common around the world and rather “lame” as far as human rights violations go, public executions are taken to a whole new level within North Korea. While most countries try to keep public executions about 100 years in the past and saved it for murders, rapes and the like, North Korea keeps things fresh with public executions happening rather often, with at least one being performed in front of a stadium with a grand total of 150,000 onlookers (who were forced to be there).
9. Forced Abortions and Infanticide
As it turns out, being pregnant in a total dictatorship is way more dangerous than in most other places around the world. This is especially true if you are not a member of the elite, loyal class of Pyongyang. This practice is particularly common in prison camps, where pregnancy on the whole is a huge risk to life as starvation and getting mauled is common even for the healthiest of prisoners. This punishment and massive violation of human rights is usually used as a punishment for escape attempts of anyone within the family of the prisoner in question
8. Forced Starvation in Labor Camps
Hunger is a major problem across the world, there’s no real breaking news there. Sadly, many people who do not deserve any sort of suffering simply can’t find a way to pay for enough food. That being said, only someone particularly twisted could advocate for prisoners, about 40% of the prison population in fact, to die of starvation.
7. Three Generation Punishments
Now, the last two entries might have you wondering how people can already be captured before their relatives try to escape, or that it might be rare for children to be in prison camps. Well, neither is uncommon due to the practice of three generation imprisonment. Basically, if your grandfather committed a crime, your parents and you (if you survived infancy) would remain in prison until you died.
When it comes to this word, most people have a very specific image and time period come to mind. What that usually isn’t is a North Korean in the modern day. There are an approximate 65,000 active slaves from North Korea found in 40 countries around the world, and unlike many modern slave trades, are often government sanctioned. One such slave acquiring state is Qatar, who has in previous years shown no aversion to using slaves as the main labor for their bid at the 2022 world cup. Estimates claim that by selling their own people, the North Korean Government nets around $2 billion annually.
5. The development of Biological and Chemical Weapons
Much of the focus of the West has been on North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, but I would posit that there is a greater threat that they have been developing, and could be reasonably expected to be testing on their own people, biological and chemical weapons. This means that even if their ballistic program doesn’t manage to go anywhere, a handful of North Korean agents could perform a terrorist act which would have large implications if properly performed.
4. Trafficking and Sex Slavery
When most people think about North Korea, they think that the border is sealed tight, with no one leaving the country without constant surveillance, and the state wants essentially no international traffic. And they’d mostly be right, except for manual slaves, and networks of human traffickers and sex slavers which are often found near the Chinese border.
This far into the list, it should be obvious that torture is a very common method of coercion and punishment in the DPRK. Torture is terribly common across all prison populations within the country, ranging from water boarding, to beatings to forced animal attacks. What makes things even worse is that most guards are taught that prisoners are somehow sub human and are encouraged to have a bit of “fun” with their charges, often inciting them to commit violent acts to one another, with the threat of even worse torture if they fail to do so or even falter a moment in disobedience.
2. Religion made punishable by death or prison
In the dystonia country that is North Korea, God can be a dangerous thing. Something that people can pray to above the Supreme Leader, to hope for a better life, or to have a congregation form around? For the North Koreans, this is seen as a direct threat to the Government and thus even the tiniest step towards it is stamped out, often violently. This does not require anyone of religious following to openly preach to the populace to face harsh punishment for beliefs, but so much as owning a Holy Book (one preacher got severely persecuted for leaving a Bible in a nightclub on accident). As an added bonus, all non-State associated holidays are out, and if you are celebrating any, you are in some massive trouble
1. Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction against the Populace
As mentioned in number 5, it is reasonable to expect that the North Koreans could use prisoners as subjects for experiments regarding weapons. With a 40% death rate, why wouldn’t they? Plenty more bodies to cover it up, and it’s unlikely that anyone would really talk about it. Except, perhaps, an escaped scientist who used to run said experiments.