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Country Profile: North Korea 

Under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, the state of human rights in North Korea is dire. The government represses all forms of freedom of expression; it does not allow for any organized political opposition, independent media, free trade unions, civil society organisations, or religious and academic freedoms. A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry found that the Government committed gross systematic and widespread abuses, including extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other acts of sexual violence. North Korea operates prison camps where perceived opponents of the government are sent to face torture, starvation rations, and forced labor. Fear of collective punishment is used to silence dissent.

 

    (Last updated: November 19, 2018)

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May 14, 2017

North Korea arrests another professor from the U.S. over charges of allegedly being hostile to the state. Professor Kim Hak Song was detained on May 6. He is the fourth Amer...

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