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Why Punishment By Death Has Been On The Rise In North Korea

Bryan Lopez/ January 13, 2015/ Knowledge/

Why Punishment By Death Has Been On The Rise In North Korea (3)

North Korea has reported some of the worst violations of human rights even with the advancement of democracy in most of the countries today.

Most of these violations are done by the North Korean government in what they claim to be ways of maintaining social order and retention of political control.

The high rate application of death penalty has left a good number of human rights activists seeking to know, just how many crimes are punishable by death in North Korea?

Here are some the reasons why punishment has been on the rise in North Korea;

  • Lack of rule of law

Recent reports from the United Nations and other human rights organizations have reported wide spread issues of violation of human rights which include torture, arbitrary detention and abduction of foreigners.

The victims of these violations are not given a fair hearing in a court of law but their fate is usually determined by the perpetrators of these heinous acts.

  • Limitation of freedom

Why Punishment By Death Has Been On The Rise In North Korea (2)Another reason that has led to rise in the rate of capital punishment in North Korea is limited freedom that is in the country.

There have been cases of executions that have been done because the victims expressed ideas that contradicted the common belief, religion or opinion of powerful individuals.

There is also no freedom of movement and trespassing certain areas is punishable by abusive treatment and death.

  • Violation of the right to life

Punishment by death is not the only violation to life reported in North Korea; there have been cases of forced abortions and also infanticide for the babies whose mothers have been repatriated.

This has been associated to discrimination against women and children that is being perpetrated by the current regime

  • Political prisons

Amnesty international has pointed out widespread executions that are happening in political prisons.

Why Punishment By Death Has Been On The Rise In North Korea (1)Firing squads have been used to do both public and secret executions. These executions are used by the current regime as ways of deterrence and are often accompanied by extreme torture.

The victims are executed for reasons like criticizing the government, espionage, smuggling of drugs, political dissidence among others

The numbers of death penalties that have been reported have been on the rise in the recent past.

This has begged the question; how many crimes are punishable by death in North Korea? Crimes like spreading media content that hasn’t been approved by the government or propagating beliefs that are contrary to the ideologies of juche have not been an exception.

Human rights have been limited extensively despite being part of the country’s constitutional mandate.

There have reported cases of over two hundred thousand prisoners who are incarcerated in many prison camps across the country.