A history of violence: North Korea seeks to curb assault with toothless new law
Creation of anti-battery law points to widespread violence, but light penalties betray authorities’ lenient attitude
Officially, North Korea is a people’s paradise with no social problems — beyond the persistent food shortages that the regime has occasionally acknowledged.
But a new law adopted in Nov. 2021, which South Korea’s intelligence agency published the full text for earlier this year, points to a much more violent issue facing the people of North Korea.
Within the context of human rights reports from North Korean refugees and leaked official documents, analysis of this anti-battery law shows that:Battery is defined in broad terms and covers a wide range of violent behaviors apparently
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