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Joint Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (NKHR, KBA)
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Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

 

Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

 

Sixth session of the UPR Working Group of the

 

Human Rights Council

 

November/December 2009

 

 

Joint Submission by the Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) and the Korean Bar Association (KBA) to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) pertaining to the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

 

Prepared by: HEO Man-ho, KIM Tae-hoon, LEE Jae-won, SONG Hyun-uk

                                                                             

 

[Executive Summary]

 

 

In the DPRK, the policy of social classification with 3 strata and 51 categories has resulted in the institutionalization of inequalities, which presently persists in the country in the name of “Seongbun” and has an impact on the enjoyment of civil and socio-economic rights. The continuing infringements of human rights in the DPRK represent "a consistent pattern of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights." Accordingly the DPRK government has to apply social policy to correct the result of Seongbun caste system. All of the political prison camps must be dismantled, and the detainees must be released immediately.

 

 

Keywords: Right to Food, Food Entitlement, Food Distribution, Chronic Food Shortage, Seongbun(social background), Bowibu(secret police), Political Prison Camps, Arbitrary Detention, Torture, Infanticide, Sexual Abuse, Slavery Labor