North Korean Prisons By: Conrad Sheehan

The North Korean government abuses the human rights of its citizens. According to (Human Rights Watch) “North Korea operates secretive prison camps where perceived opponents of the government are sent to face torture and abuse). (Dictionary.com) defines civil rights as being able to “protect individuals' freedom from infringement by governments”. North Korea clearly violates the civil rights of its people because the government is infringing their human rights. There are “80,000 to 120,000 prisoners in concentration camps” according to (Human Rights Watch). This is a large scale violation of civil rights occurring right now in North Korea.
The violation of people’s civil rights in North Korea is very similar to the violation of black people’s civil rights in America before the 1960’s. Between 1930 and 1972, (Asnet.org) says “The police were also instrumental in racial violence, by actively participating in, encouraging, or failing to restrain mobs”. This violation of civil rights is similar to concentration camps in North Korea because it shows the government allowing the human rights of its citizens to be violated by authority without taking action to stop it. In the first example, prisoners in North Korea’s human rights are being violated without the government stopping it. In the 1930’s, police were allowing mobs, who often kill and harass black people, to continue with their actions and they sometimes even participated in mobs without government interference. These are both similar because it shows the government violating the civil rights of its people.
The civil rights violations in North Korea and 1930’s America are very different. The North Korean government violates the human rights of its prisoners and the prisoners are not facing any unjustified or discriminatory violence. Prisoners in North Korean concentration camps participate in “penal-labor colony in which detainees are imprisoned for life”(The Hidden Gulag), which is not unlawful in North Korea, though it does violate human rights. So, even though North Korea violates the human rights of its people, it does not necessarily violate their civil rights However, in 1930’s America, black Americans were facing unlawful, discriminatory violence without being protected by governmental law which is a massive civil rights violation. In conclusion, North Korea and 1930’s American civil rights violations are very different.
Motivated citizens can make a big difference in changing the lives of North Koreans struggling with civil rights violations. Many organizations run off of donations by people trying to help North Koreans. These organizations help fund people to go into North Korea and rescue citizens. Donald Trump, the current U.S president has made statements raising awareness to civil rights abuse in North Korea and there is military action to help people in North Korea. A way you can contribute to ending this is by paying your taxes and funding the military and government who help put a stop to North Korea’s civil rights abuses.

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Koreans from Hamdung Identify Bodies. Digital image.Https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/15/Koreans_from_Hamhung_identify_the_bodies_of_some_300_political_prisoners_who_were_killed_by_the_North_Korean_Army_by_being_forced_into_caves_which_were_subsequently_sealed_off_so_that_they_died_of_suffocation_HD-SN-99-03167.jpg/1280px-thumbnail.jpg. N.p., n.d. Web.

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