North Korea’s totalitarian dictatorship has enslaved the people, destroyed their consciousness and taken away many of their political and economic rights.
The Kim Jong Il dictatorship elite also stood brutality by from 1995 to 1998 while as many as three million of its subjects starved to death.
North Korean youths and students are dragged into the military for ten years of long, hard training in order only to be ready to offer their lives as “the guns and bombs of the leader.”
These things are the ultimate in human rights abuses, acts which can be seen in hardly any other country.
Kim Jong Il’s dictatorship elite is an international criminal grouping which has committed some horrible atrocities.
They denounce the U.S., one of most advanced protectors of human rights, as an imperialist invader, and Japan as a place still haunted by delusions of militarism, while concentrating on the Military-first Policy and kidnapping innocent Japanese citizens.
Additionally, the Kim Jong Il regime claims that China, which has economically liberalized its way out of famine, poverty and an inhumane situation, is degrading Communism, in order to make an excuse for its immovable, inhumane stance.
Kim Jong Il threatens the people of the world with nuclear weapons while ignoring his own people’s miserable lives.
And yet, the more tightly Kim Jong Il tries to suppress evidence of his crimes against humanity, the more clearly he will emerge as the head of a shameless criminal organization.
The Kim Jong Il elite group uses threats and deception as its principle survival strategy. Therefore, the basic strategy for North Korean democratization should be ideological warfare based on human rights advocacy, to incapacitate Kim’s threatening, deceitful policy.
This is because human rights are globally acknowledged as a moral issue upon which most people agree, and with this idea of advocacy for human rights it is possible to isolate the Kim Jong Il dictatorship group.
This task should be a common assignment for all advanced democratic countries.
It is important to strengthen international solidarity with the U.S. and Japan to advocate for North Korean human rights, and it is also necessary to engage China and Russia in this solidarity.
The North Korean Human Rights Week events in Seoul will contribute to strengthening democratic alliances and cooperation with the U.S., Japan and other related countries as well as becoming a significant, strategically important issue in North Korea’s democratization by reinforcing international North Korean human rights advocacy movements.