North Korea sets out rules for lenient treatment of boys who come into contact with foreign culture… Party consideration?

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North Korean students taking computer classes. /Photo = North Korean propaganda media ‘Joseon Today’ homepage capture

It is known that the North Korean Ministry of Justice has sent down the rules for the judicial treatment of juveniles who violate the ‘Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act’ to relevant organizations across the country.

According to Daily NK Pyongyang City and South Hwanghae Province sources on the 15th, the Ministry of Justice submitted a proposal to the center on the 4th, ‘An opinion countermeasure against the punishment of juveniles who violate the reactionary ideology and culture rejection law’. From the 8th, he gave instructions to law enforcement and safety agencies across the country and started enforcement.

In December 2020, the ‘Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act’ was enacted, which contained legal punishment for anti-socialist acts such as the distribution of illegal videos. According to the source, the Ministry of Justice has come up with a separate regulation based on the judgment that it cannot be done.

A source said, “According to a nationwide safety agency survey that 90% of boys are exposed to outside culture, an internal conclusion has been reached that it is necessary to establish a judicial treatment policy for juveniles that reflects the current reality.”

Currently, there are five rules for dealing with juveniles violating the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act, which is called the ‘4·8 ratification task’ internally.

▲ For the past two years, the legal handling of boys under the age of 14 who have violated the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act should be deleted from personal documents, and all current investigation and detention subjects should be released.
▲Except for youths between the ages of 14 and under 17 who have already been tried and legally treated for violating the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Exclusion Act, only those who have been investigated and detained after April 8, 2022 will be released from detention and socially educated. thing.
▲ Social literacy measures will be applied to violators of the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act under the age of 14, and their parents and their school should take responsibility for educating them. However, if the parents are under legal punishment, the head of the local institution (head of the Dong, Eup, or Ri office) should take responsibility and educate them.
▲Boys under the age of 14 and youths between the ages of 14 and 17 who violate the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act are all socially educated and should be recognized as if they had not committed a crime.
▲If a person who was given a cultured disposition for violating the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act as a boy under the age of 14, reoffends at the age of 17 or older, the punishment should be aggravated.

It is reported that North Korea is also promoting political propaganda of consideration given by the party on the occasion of a national holiday (Kim Il-sung’s birthday, April 15), while proposing the disposition of the reactionary ideology and culture rejection law, which has become more generous towards boys.

A source from Pyongyang city said, “This is the first time since the enactment of the Reactionary Ideology Culture Rejection Act, instructions have been issued to the Security Bureau, the prosecution office, and the courts for the treatment of juveniles who violate the law.”

According to the testimonies of the sources, when North Korea enacted the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act, it did not establish specific punishment rules for juvenile law violators. As a result, socially educated dispositions were given, and severe punishments were imposed just like adults.

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In particular, in accordance with the Criminal Act, which states that ‘only those who are 14 years of age or older at the time of committing a crime are subject to criminal responsibility’, boys under the age of 14 have been excluded from the investigation. It is said that random investigations have been carried out, such as arresting and investigating for violating the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act.

In the midst of this, the source reported that, as crackdowns on violations of the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act were conducted through various agencies, there were also evaluations that the legal treatment of juveniles was abused due to excessive performance competition among the enforcement entities.

Then, according to the April 8 ratification task, social education was imposed on a boy who violated the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act, and the boys were released from detention and returned to their homes and schools.

In fact, a Pyongyang city source said, “About 10 13-year-old elementary and junior high school boys who were caught while watching South Korean (South Korean) screen music (music videos) as a group and were detained by the safety department in the missionary district and Rakrang district, respectively, were detained in the pretrial and detention centers. He was released and then released.”

At the same time, North Korea distributes liberal arts materials to the families and schools of the boys who have been released, and states that ‘the ideology of a boy is critically dependent on whether a boy’s ideology will be a good or ungrateful traitor in front of the party and the country as well as his own life’. is known to be continuing.

In addition, a source from South Hwanghae Province said, “According to the April 8 ratification task, the Ministry of Security, the Prosecutor’s Office, and the tribunal went to schools, institutions, and people’s groups to say, ‘In order to prevent boys from being tainted with exotic culture, there is a ban on the use of mobile phones (cell phones) and computer devices at home and in schools. We are emphasizing that censorship should be done normally.”

It emphasizes the importance of education at home and at school in order to eliminate the phenomenon of encountering external culture using various electronic devices at a curious young age.

The source continued, “Judicial and safety institutions are ungrateful without knowing the party’s grace to end the reactionary ideology and culture denial law committed as a child through social education. It will happen,” he added.


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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