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US State Department: North Korean regime continues to exploit North Korean citizens

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul11,2024

US State Department: North Korean Regime Continues to Exploit North Korean Citizens

Photo: Matthew Miller

The North Korean regime continues to exploit North Korean citizens and waste the country's resources to advance its illegal weapons of mass destruction programs, the US State Department said in a statement marking North Korea Freedom Week.

“The ruthless crackdown on foreign media and the continued rise in public executions, including of young people, have heightened the climate of fear and repression,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.

The statement calls on countries around the world not to deport and protect North Korean citizens who have requested asylum. "On the occasion of North Korean Freedom Week, the United States recognizes the tenacity and courage of North Korea escapees and human rights defenders," – Miller said, highlighting the “ongoing suffering of millions of North Koreans at the hands of the DPRK government.”

The annual North Korea Freedom Week, which includes promotions, seminars and other events, is designed to draw attention to the problem of human rights in the DPRK.

According to the latest State Department report on global human trafficking, forced labor is part of established system of political repression and the basis of the DPRK's economic system.

"The government subjects its citizens to forced labor in DPRK prisons and labor camps, through mass mobilization and work abroad, – the report says. – The law criminalizes desertion and attempted desertion, and citizens, including children, who attempt to cross the border to escape or seek asylum in another country are subject to a minimum of five years of “labor correction.” The report also mentions cases of sexual exploitation of women and children.

According to US State Department estimates, the DPRK holds from 80 to 120 thousand people in camps for political prisoners.

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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