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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2006

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Korea, Democratic People's Republic of

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2006

Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

March 6, 2007

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) is a dictatorship under the absolute rule of Kim Jong-il, general secretary of the Korean Workers' Party (KWP) and chairman of the National Defense Commission, the "highest office of state."
The country has an estimated population of 22.7 million. Kim's father, the late Kim Il-sung, remains "eternal president." Elections held in August 2003 were not free or fair.
There was no civilian control of the security forces, and members of the security forces committed numerous serious human rights abuses.

The government's human rights record remained poor, and the regime continued to commit numerous serious abuses.
The regime subjected citizens to rigid controls over many aspects of their lives. Citizens did not have the right to change their government.
There continued to be reports of extrajudicial killings, disappearances, and arbitrary detention, including of political prisoners.
Prison conditions were harsh and life-threatening, and torture reportedly was common. Pregnant female prisoners reportedly underwent forced abortions, and in other cases babies reportedly were killed upon birth in prisons.
The judiciary was not independent and did not provide fair trials. Citizens were denied freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and association, and the government attempted to control all information.
The government restricted freedom of religion, citizens' movement, and worker rights.
There continued to be reports of severe punishment of some repatriated refugees. There were widespread reports of trafficking in women and girls among refugees and workers crossing the border into China.

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