The US State Department released its annual human rights reports on Monday, which show human rights abuses at all levels of North Korean society.
The report states that the North Korean government and its power structures have routinely committed more than 20 different types of human rights violations, including: “illegal or wanton government killings; enforced disappearances; torture and cruel, inhumane treatment and punishment and degrading by government authorities; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions, including in political prison camps; arbitrary arrests and detentions; political prisoners and detainees” and many others.
The State Department drafted the white paper based on government intelligence, North Korean state media, and first-hand accounts offered by North Korean fugitives.
“The law prohibits torture or inhumane treatment, but many sources reported that these practices continued. Numerous defector accounts and NGO reports described the use of torture by authorities in detention facilities,” the report said. .
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The report also extracted information and data from white papers published by foreign governments and third-party human rights groups, including the Transitional Justice Working Group, the Korea Institute for National Unification, the War Crimes Committee of the International Bar Association, and the for Human Rights in North Korea.
“Testimonies also state that executions were carried out for possession of Bibles, dissemination of anti-regime propaganda materials and superstitious activities,” the State Department wrote. “Although KINU noted that public executions have appeared less frequent in recent years, the practice has continued, including for violations of a 2020 law against the distribution of ‘reactionary’ foreign media content.”
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North Korea follows a unique communist ideology with a de facto hereditary monarchy that has been in complete control of the nation since the Korean War.
North Koreans have only known the Kim family as their rulers.
Dictator Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, ruled the country before him, and his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, founded the communist state more than seventy years ago.
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“The internal security apparatus comprises the Ministries of Social Security and State Security and the Military Security Command. There is a systematic and intentional overlap of powers and responsibilities between these bodies to prevent any potential subordinate consolidation of power and ensure that each unity provides a check and balance on the other. The authorities maintain effective control over the security forces,” says the Kim regime’s annual report.
South Korean intelligence announced this month that it has reason to believe that Kim Jong Un’s first child is a boy.
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If the leader’s eldest son is a boy, as South Korean intelligence suggests, he would be the most likely candidate to succeed his father, in keeping with the dictatorship’s male-preference patrilineal history.