Essay on Human Rights And The Dprk

1600 Words Oct 29th, 2014 null Page
In recent times, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been under the watchful eye of many nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, among others; as well as perhaps the most well known intergovernmental organization (IGO), The United Nations. The accusations laid against the DPRK are egregious and according to The United Nations, the DPRK is sui generis (in their own category). The alleged human rights violations that the DPRK has imposed on its citizens include, however are not limited to; arbitrary detention, torture, and purposefully withholding food from its citizens. These allegations are in stark contrast to international treaties that the DPRK is a party to. Nevertheless, as the story of human rights in the DPRK unfolds, one must note the allegations against the DPRK, international law on human rights, as well as the action taking place to terminate human rights violations.
In the months following Kim Jong-Il’s death in December of 2011, Human Rights Watch, a prominent NGO within the human rights arena, began scrutinizing the DPRK’s treatment of its citizens. This came as an attempt to urge the next Supreme Leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un (Il’s son) to reform human rights practices within the state. However, since Kim Jong Un became the Supreme Leader of the DPRK, the country has seen absolutely no positive change in regards to human rights. In fact, Supreme Leader Un instilled a one hundred day mourning…

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