Human Rights Violations of North Korea

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INTRODUCTION North Korea is possibly the least accessible, and "the most brutal and repressive country in the world." (Martin, 2006) Since its formation after World War II very little information has left the country. What has left are the defectors and the stories of horrible atrocities against humanity the government is bestowing upon its citizens. Classified as a democracy, it is just a mask hiding the Kim Dynasty's totalitarian ways.
With its ideology of "Juche," they have relied as little as possible on outside help. They rule and produce on the inside, with only the close to communist China being its biggest factor for production of money. Human rights are completely unheard of, and reports of torture within its reform camps are
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As well as having many similarities with Marxist and Stalinist ideologies, Maoist ideologies show their influence as well. Today, outside analysts see little of Juche in North Korea. Much outside help has come as far as economics. North Korea survives heavily on imports and exports through China and other countries. Also, people have little influence on the choices made in government. (Kang, 2001) The ruling party in North Korea is the "Workers' Party of Korea." This party has been the only ruling party since the formation of North Korea. While other minor parties exist, they are bound by the ruling party and their law. Elections within the party due occur, but there is never more than one candidate that is selected by the party beforehand. The first and only president of North Korea, Kim Il-Sung, is the Eternal President. To this day no one takes his seat as President, and the position is formally left open and empty. The next highest position in North Korean office according to the Constitution is the Chairman of the National Defense Commission. The Chairman commands the military and directs national defense for the state. Kim Jong-Il, Kim Il-Sung's son, has taken this position since his father passed away in 1984, abolishing the reelection requirement for the National Defense Commission, as well as commenting on there being no need for the return of a presidential body. Kim Jong-Il also

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