Worsening Economic Crisis, UN: North Korea Increases Human Rights Oppression and Lets People Starve. Is increasing its suppression of human rights HAM and people are becoming more desperate and reportedly hungry in several parts of the country as the economic situation worsens. United Nations human rights chief Volker Turk told the UN Security Council s first open meeting since 2017 on North Korean human rights that in the past its people have. Today it is experiencing the most severe period of economic hardship and repression but currently seems to be suffering from both.
According to our information, people are becoming increasingly desperate as informal markets and other coping mechanisms are dismantled, while their fear of state surveillance arrest, interrogation and detention inAs is known, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un closed the borders of his northeastern Asian country to stem Covid-19.
But as the pandemic has waned, Turk says government restrictions have widened further, with guards authorized to shoot anyone. Unauthorized approaching the border and with nearly all foreigners, including UN staff, still barred from entering the country. He explained that, as an example of increasing repression of human rights, anyone found to have viewed “reactionary ideology and culture” – meaning information from abroad, especially from South Korea – could now face five to 15 years in prison.
And those who ban the distribution of such material face life imprisonment or even cruel death
He said on the economic front the government had largely shut down markets and other. Private means of generating revenue and such activity was increasingly criminalized. This sharply limits people’s ability to support themselves and their families.Given the economy’s limited state-run economic institutions many people appear to be. Facing extreme hunger and severe shortages of medicine as well as clean water, he continued. Turk says many of the human rights violations stem directly from, or support, the country’s militarization.
For example, the widespread use of forced labor – including forced labor in political prison camps. The forced use of school children to. Collect crops, the necessity for families to do the work and the provision of quotas of. Goods to the government, and the confiscation of wages from abroad. Workers – all support the country’s military apparatus and its ability to manufacture weapons he added.