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North Korea Essay

1540 words - 7 pages

Rogue states under dictatorial rule threaten the fragile peace, which exists in our modern world. Constantly as a society Americans have always fought against these said foes. However all too often we pass a blind eye to the humanity of the enemies’ civilian populations. For more often than not, those who live within these systems are chronically oppressed. The nation of North Korea is no exception, with “Bing-brother always watching.” The government in North Korea pervades all aspects of life.
Hunger is a problem worldwide. However with a quarter of North Korea’s population (six million people) starving or malnourished, with nearly one million of those cases being children under the age ...view middle of the document...

Together hunger and the prospect of food enslave the weak and malnourished masses. The cognitive and physical effect of starvation and severe malnourishment literally subdue the North Korean people. If the people fight back they are sent into the deranged prison system of the country.
The prison system of North Korea consists of labor (concentration) camps (Roth 355), “re-educational centers” (Roth 356), and forced labor brigades (Roth 356). 200,000 North Koreans are imprisoned within the labor camps situated in remote valleys in the nation’s northern provinces (Roth 355). The camps operate under a “guilt by association system”, which incarcerates family members extending three generations from an alleged defector because of their ancestral background (Hawk 23). The motives of the North Korean government are clear from the operation of labor camps, the meticulous and rigorous state surveillance through a massive network of local informants implemented to identify defection, and that the primary principle of both are to persecute opposition to the regime and coerce national patriotism (Roth 345). The inspiration for both the government engineered famines and the labor camps can be directly associated with the works of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin (Hoyt 1).
The legislature and judiciary of North Korea are relatively minor influences on the state. The legislature of the nation is the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) or (Central 5). Within the SPA the ruling Party selects candidates who are “elected” without opposition (Central 5). The SPA elects the nation’s judiciary, the Central Court (Central 5). Within the Central Court the government appoints and controls judges, prosecutors, lawyers, court clerks and even jury members (Roth 344). There is however a larger power at play in North Korea’s politics.
It is the majority Party, the Korean Worker’s Party (KWP), which orchestrates general politics (Murray 1). While by technicality North Korea is a “Multi-Party Democracy” the opposing Parties of the Chondoist Chongu Party and the Social Democracy Party are both controlled by the KWP (Central 5). The KWP hold authority over youth, farmers, workers, and all economic activities of North Korea (Murray 2). All members of the Party (KWP) must meet standards of political loyalty, and class origin to hold power (Murray 1). Once elected Party members are elevated to the elite class and receive housing, education, and food (Murray 1). Over two million North Koreans belong to the Party (Armstrong 27). Party life and the learning of Party policy occupy all North Korean scholars (Armstrong 27). Practically the entire population of North Korea participates in ideological training on Saturdays with additional self-study done daily (Armstrong 27). Party policy shows the people the “correct” way to understand life (Il 26), and offers answers to all of the important social problems in life (Il 39).
The current leader of North Korea is Kim Jong Un. Under...

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