Critical Analysis of the Violation of Human Rights in North Korea, to Cause Dire Consequences in the 2020 Pandemic​

Aakriti Roy and Namamee Bhargava
Amity Law School, Noida, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Volume III, Issue V, 2020

For decades, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – more commonly known as North Korea – has been one of the world’s most controversial countries when we talk about human rights. This research paper focuses on a critical analysis of the past, present and prospective stand of human rights in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea aka North Korea. The approach followed during the research is mainly qualitative and expository in nature, it consults area studies, social science, law and journalism, while it observes recent past and current North Korean human right violations and their responses.

When we talk about human rights, we usually think of social and political freedoms such as the freedom of speech, freedom of access to electronic media and freedom of political participation. But human rights primarily refer to ‘the right to live as the common owner of one’s society.’ There is no human right more important than the right to life. Above all else, a human being must be guaranteed the basic conditions to feed, clothe, house and support oneself in order to survive. Thus, the value of the paper lies in its explanation of why and how the use of human right is violated and abused by the government of a democratic country such as North Korea and how the violation pf such rights lead to a situation of chaos and consequential threat in the current pandemic.