December 05, 2020

Independence, security, socialism – N. Korea’s view of human rights

Pyongyang’s self-analysis contains obvious falsehoods but a revealing look at its outlook

How should one define rights? According to North Korea’s recent internal report on human rights, the determining factors should be independence, security and socialism.

The report has drawn attention from many media outlets since its release, especially given its ardent denial of rights abuses months after the UN Commission of Inquiry’s searing condemnation of its prison camp system and restrictions placed on those still in the country.