Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) provides for the protection of everyone’s right to life. According to this, everyone’s right to life is protected by the law, and no one can arbitrarily take an individual’s life (paragraph 1). In countries that have not abolished the death penalty, the death penalty must be carried out only for the most serious crimes, subject to a final sentence in court (paragraph 2).
At the end of last year, before North Korea adopted the “Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act,” it is known that Kim Jong-un ordered “gunshots” in order to create fear among the people, especially the new generation of young people, and to prevent an atmosphere of distrust in the regime.
The current Kim Jong-un regime felt serious about the distrust of the socialist system that is spreading throughout society, led by young people of the new generation, and the departure from the system of the residents who were awakened to the outside world, and enacted a law to enforce strong ideological control and merciless punishment. creating a sense of fear in
Kim Jong-il’s “Let the guns sound” Kim Jong-un’s “Let the guns sound”
On October 1, 2020, Kim Jong-un received a comprehensive report from the National Security Agency, Social Safety, and Military Security Bureau that a digital media ‘black market’ and even sales organizations are being created centered on a new generation of young people, gave the order
Kim Jong-un sees blocking the influx of external culture as a vital issue for upholding the socialist system. He ordered a fight, etc.
North Korea joined the ICCPR on September 14, 1981. The right to life specified in Article 6 of the ICCPR Convention is the most basic and noble right that does not change even in an emergency that threatens the survival of the nation.
Kim Jong-un’s order to “make a gunshot” does not mean simply to shoot a gun in the air, but to adopt the Reactionary Ideology Culture Rejection Act to thoroughly crack down on and punish the inflow and dissemination of external cultural contents by residents, and when the matter is serious. is to be shot to death.
In the past, during Kim Il-sung’s reign, residents who handled impurities contrary to the system were classified as ‘anti-party and counter-revolutionary sect members’ and were either shot or imprisoned in political prison camps (kwanliso).
In addition, as his successor Kim Jong-il experienced a great famine in the 1990s called the ‘March of Hardships’ and the people’s distrust of the state and system grew, he ordered “Let guns sound” in order to effectively block the dissenting movement of the people. Thousands of tanks roamed the streets of Pyongyang, the capital city, and the citizens of the capital, startled by the terrifying sound, felt an atmosphere of horror comparable to that of war.
Kim Jong-un, who resembles his father Kim Jong-il,’s order to “make gunshots” was internally issued to the judicial, security and security agencies last year. Afterwards, many residents who came in contact with external cultural contents were branded as ‘reactionary’ and executed extensively.
In fact, North Korea enacted the Anti-Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act in December last year and organized a combined anti-socialist and non-socialist command team to conduct extensive crackdowns, and execute the death penalty as a punishment method.
Human rights violations such as torture are rampant in detention facilities… North Koreans who have lost their basic rights
Not only this. Residents caught under the Anti-Reactionary Idea and Culture Act for anti-socialist and non-socialist acts are experiencing various human rights violations even in detention facilities.
In February, the Pyongyang City Safety Bureau Preliminary Examination Division arrested a 22-year-old male student at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology for distributing various videos, including South Korean dramas, movies, and music videos, to about 20 people. tortured
This male student claimed that he had picked up the memory with the video footage on the subway and confessed that he had endured extreme torture and eventually traded in Ryanggang Province by running (transferring luggage). Unfortunately or fortunately, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for giving the advance (the first donor), and his life was saved.
In major North Korean cities such as Sinuiju, Cheongjin, Ganggye, Pyongsong, Sariwon, Haeju, and Wonsan, the wind of arrest is also blowing fiercely. In this situation, law enforcement, security, and security agencies are enjoying the booming period by taking advantage of this opportunity and filling their pockets with bribery and money transactions.
In March, the Hamhung City Security Agency arrested and detained Jomo, a 19-year-old male who spread South Korean videos, and did not give him a sip of water for five days. Even the guards at the detention center committed various human rights violations in order to obtain a confession, such as humiliating and humiliating Cho by standing naked in front of the detention center iron bars and not even sending a toilet.
He was eventually sentenced to one year in prison for a $3,000 bribe from his parents. Cho suffered from malnutrition to such an extent that he could not enter the training camp and took his own life while receiving treatment at home. In the suicide note left by Mr. Cho, he said, ‘I don’t want to live anymore because I’m going to be labeled as a young man with a lot of problems with reactionary ideology. “I’m sorry to my parents,” he said.
The South Hamgyong Provincial Party Committee used even this tragic incident to crack down on ideology. The Dodang raised enthusiasm for youth education, saying, “These are the words of a person who betrayed the Party and the country he brought up by falling in love with the movie of South Korea, which has the highest suicide rate in the world.”
The ICCPR, to which North Korea joined, stipulates the right to a fair trial and the right not to be tortured, but North Koreans are not guaranteed these rights. At the harsh punishment of the North Korean authorities for enforcing the Reactionary Ideology and Culture Rejection Act, the residents are outraged, saying, “Are you going to make a revolution by killing all the young and old and bringing only the judges?”
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