From generation to generation, North Korea stands as one of the last remaining communist regimes in the world. In a country built on oppression and regulation, why is it that no one seems to rebel? The sad truth remains that loyalty and obedience to North Korea’s supreme leader is an inescapable fate. From the day they are born, idolization of “The Supreme Leader” is drilled into the minds of those unlucky enough to be born into North Korea. Some would argue that extreme control is imposed merely to preserve a way of life. The question posed, is whether North Korea has gone too far in trying to protect this way of life. Through extreme limitations on use of electronics, speech, and religion, prohibiting virtually all contact with the outside world, and extensive use of propaganda, North Korea has greatly crossed the line from protecting a country’s best interest to taking away any and all freedom from its people. From the standpoint of persons living in a country such as the United States, it is easy to conclude that communism in North Korea is out of control and the way of life is incomprehensible. However, one must consider whether North Korean’s live less awful lives because they are so brainwashed. They do not even understand the horrors of their own country. Due to the way citizens are born and raised, the majority of North Koreans truly believe themselves to live in a good country lead by an honorable man. The Leader, they are told, is the reason for all good that comes their way. With this in mind, is it right for others outside the country to feel that they need to “fix” a country when its citizens do not even feel they are being mistreated? In a battle of ideology, who is to say which country is right or wrong? ... ... middle of paper ... ...ountry’s former leader whose political theories define policy decisions” (Index on Censorship; Lee). In what seem to be such trivial things, the forced idolization of the Leader becomes evident and the limits on freedom are obvious (Index on Censorship). With all of this idolization drilled into the minds of citizens, it is no wonder that North Koreans do not realize the need to rebel. North Korea’s extremist actions cannot be excused as simply maintaining homeland security. Instead, North Korea has gone and created a dictatorship where citizens are ruthlessly controlled and isolated to avoid the inward or outward spread of facts contrary to the claims of the imperial Kim family. The brainwashing, restrictions on freedom and communication, and exile from the outside world have created a society in which North Korea’s citizens have lost their basic human rights.
There are a number of similarities between North Korea, The United States and China. That statement could be said about certain aspects of the three countries when looking purely at what is written on paper. According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Fact Book all three countries have the essential three branches of government; executive, legislative, and judicial (2012). But it takes little effort to peel away the first layer and see the vast differences between The United States and the communist countries of China and North Korea. This paper is designed to peel away that second layer and reveal the differences between the communist countries of China and North Korea. By examining the aspects of how each country selects their leaders, how their government is structured, the political culture of each country, human rights or lack thereof, and the economic environment of the two countries, the paper will illuminate numerous contrasts between how the two countries choose to operate.
Leaders throughout history are usually looked up to, however, there are few that will always be remembered in a negative way. Two leaders in history that may be questionable whether they were actual leaders, were both responsible for blindly leading people: Adolf Hitler and Kim Jong Un. Hitler was once known as a great leader, who managed to convince not only a whole political party, but many individuals throughout Europe to oppress, mass murder and commit a genocide against a race, which lead to about six million Jews to perish (Biography.com). While in today’s time, Kim Jong Un, the current dictator of North Korea, is leading his country into a peculiar situation, due to the fact that there are many opinions on North Korea in current event (CNN). These controversial individuals have many similar and opposing characteristics that will be discussed throughout this paper.
Under the rule of Kim Il-Sung, North Koreans worshiped a “Great Leader” who oversaw what political scientists across the board define as a “highly centralized brutal regime” (Manyin 2012, 1). Kim Jong-il, the “Dear Leader,” on the other hand, arguably produced remarkable economic stability through by forcing male citizens to join the national military. Yet, following in the footsteps of his father, Kim Jong-il entered into office largely through militaristic means. Kim Jong-il, nevertheless, had to prove that he was masculine enough to rule a country largely isolated from external global influences. Accordingly, Kim Jong-il served in his father’s previous position as General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea in 1997. One year later, the North Korean public voted for Kim Jong-il to serve as chairperson of the National Defense Commission. While Kim Jong-il served in his father’s previous position, leaked information about a rogue nuclear program that reached the office of former President George W. Bush emerged as North Korea was on the verge of achieving economic stability (Ishiyama 2014, 570). Consequently, Kim Jong-il reinstated isolationist policies that established North Korea as a “hermit kingdom” which is considered extremely challenging for political scientists to assess systematically (Ishiyama 2014, 570). Considering how Kim
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your freedoms taken away? To not be able to say what you think, or do what you want. Well, believe it or not in the country of North Korea there are people that experience those kinds of limits every day along with the cruelty of being starved, beaten, and worked to death. These harsh conditions are found within prison camps that were set up by previous leaders Kim Ill Sung, and Kim Jong Ill after the Korean War. These camps were originally created to capture political traitors along with scare North Korean people into being fully committed to the regime. Today, the current leader Kim Jong-Un has still continued the prison camps and has taken it to the extreme of capturing any North Korean
The individual's’ basic rights are severely restricted and their fates belong to the Great Leader. Even though North Korea has always been mysterious and inaccessible, the National Geographic Documentary, “Inside North Korea,” reveals some of the real life dangers of the violation of human rights. As shown in the video, North Korean citizens continuously suffer from denial and abuse of every aspects of their rights. The people are subjected; they are isolated with the purpose of protection from the outside world by the Great Leader. North Korea is one of the most restrictive media environments in the world. The media solely focuses its attention on national unity; there is no independent media, highlighting civil society, or freedom. The fear of torture is utilized to silence protests. There is exclusively one way for the rebels to survive the punishment: escape. The government constantly brainwashes the people. People praise the Great Leader; they believe that they were given a life by him and that loyalty compensates his political trust and thoughtfulness. Additionally, people are taught to follow certain guidelines without questioning. In the video, a child sings, “the pathetic Americans kneel on the ground; they beg for our mercy.” The The song clearly shows that the government has a major impact in shaping the children’s personalities and traits. In North Korea, the ideological upbringing and loyalty to the regime
This article talks about the strict and frankly terrifying actions North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un. Most recently, January 8th, was the celebration of Kim Jong-Un’s 33rd birthday. This celebration is a nationally holiday and no expense is too large. To ensure that he is in complete control and the infatuation of his legacy is intact, he makes it mandatory for all citizens of North Korea to celebrate his birthday. Forcing them to praise their leader and in turn making him god-like. This fear and repression is no stranger to the country of North Korea, both Kim Jong-Un’s father and grandfather ruled in a very similar manner. Even though forcing individuals to celebrate their leader’s birthday does not sound like the worse thing, it is the
In the documentary that we watched, it talked about North Korea and the bad conditions and strict rules there. Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, barely allows anyone to leave or enter and when they do they take almost all their things away. For example, a surgeon and his camera crew went to North Korea to do some eye surgeries and when they got there, their phones and books were taken away. It is very secluded there and everyone has to at least pretend that they worship Kim Jong Un or they could get sent to a concentration camp along with their family. Kim Jong Un is literally a God to them and they think all the good things that happen there happen because of him.
“Great some more government propaganda.” You live in North Korea, the laughing stock of all nations because of your crazy leaders. All day and all night you hear the same thing: Kim Jong Un is the best, Kim Jong Un is loved by everyone. The worst part is you can’t it turn off. Once you get over the radio you get ready to go to school, where 30% of everything you learn is about your favorite cake-loving dictator. All you want is to know the truth of the world, outside of your own.
(U) The culture in North Korea is controlled by the government and influenced by the ruler Kim Jung Un. Throughout Kin Jung Un's reign, he has made it very clear his goal is to create an isolated country that runs by itself. With help from his government, he has been able to censor information that is released to his people via radio, television, and through the internet. Even with all of these restrictions on North Korean people's lives, his family is still looked at as a superior power and highly
Oppression is not something new for North Korea, and in 2014 the “UN Commission of Inquiry found that abuses in North Korea were without parallel in the contemporary world. They include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence. North Korea operates a series of secretive prison camps where perceived opponents of the government are sent to face torture and abuse, starvation rations, and forced labor. Fear of collective punishment is used to silence dissent. There is no independent media, functioning civil society, or religious freedom” (hrw.org). Looking at how the government treats its people raises more issues from the United States. The tensions remain very high as the United States strongly opposes countries who do not promote freedom for its
North Korea has long held one of the worst records of human rights abuses in all the world. Former President George W. Bush famously referred to North Korea as part of the “axis of evil” while former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice named it an “outpost of tyranny.” Even with investigations carried out by independent journalists and various non-governmental organizations, we know little of the plight of the North Korean people due to the government’s strict control on information that flows in and out of the country. Most information comes by way of North Korean citizens who undertake the treacherous journey to emigrate out of the Hermit Kingdom to safer shores.
Today, I am going to discuss the system of government in my regime, North Korea. Our system of government is widely considered by the rest of the world to be an extreme dictatorship, is known as Juche within the country. This rejects ideas from elsewhere and focuses on using one’s own power and strength to form an opinion. The ideology of Juche is basically a rehash of previous communist ideas being presented in a new form, similar to Albania before 1992. It is considered by many commentators to be a country run by a “Cult of Personality” on a par with Stalinist Russia and Mao’s China (1). According to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016, North Korea ranks 174 out of the 176 on corruption and inequality. To put this score in context, my country’s government is plagued by corrupt, untrustworthy, and badly functioning public institutions like the police and judiciary (2). Currently,
As Klinger warns, “Time is running out for the North Korean people, but too many have already perished as the world turned its back” (Scism). North Korea is in a huge crisis and its citizens need help since they are suffering atrocities similar to the Holocaust (Hong). According to Lee, a North Korean defector, there is no freedom at all (Scism). As well, nights are completely dark due to power outages or shortage of electricity (Scism). Also, spying one another is encouraged and North Korean women can be killed if they get pregnant by a Chinese man (Scism). Yet, there are citizens who do nothing about it since they cannot compare it to any other system ("Kang Chol-hwan"). Consequently, the only way to save them is if the rest of the world
Some issues and violations include food shortages, inhumane treatment, torture, executions, and political prisoner camps. Prior to this report, few people were aware of the human rights violations in North Korea because it was not as highly publicized as other violations in other states, and simply because North Korea is such a closed off state. The civilians in North Korea are living, but they are living only to survive, not living to enjoy life. They are not living normal lives because a chance of a normal life was stripped away from them a long time ago and the grim fact is that they may never get a chance to experience what the rest of the world experiences. The North Koreans cannot even leave the state to visit their relatives in South Korea. They have no access to the new technologies and internet access that their South Korean counterparts have. More importantly, they have limited food and resources. They are put in a vulnerable situation because of what their leader tells them.
“Right to life, liberty and security of person.”(Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 3) North Korea is actually causing more harm and heart breaks to the families of those they are supposed to be protecting and healing. Children in North Korea are not allowed a chance at life, have no liberty and they at times take the security away and kill their own kind. Thousands have reported that their children never returned from work. The parents are feel hopeless, and they begin to know that their child would never return again. Article 4 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “No one should be held to slavery or servitude,” meaning they have the choice to leave if they feel they are being held captive. The one problem is that North Korea is taking these rights from their own people. Millions of reports state that people are put into camps because of their refusal to work. North Korea violates all these rights that are presented to us as humans. Their rights, and voices are not counted because of their politics and believes. North Korea has violated every law set to protect all humans. Child labor is a major problem and children are forced meaning they won't be able to live as free as some other kids do in other country. They are under force and child labor will continue in North