North Korea

Under the rule of Kim Jong Un, North Korea remains among the most harshly repressive countries in the world. All basic freedoms have been severely restricted under the Kim family’s political dynasty. A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry found that abuses in North Korea were without parallel in the contemporary world. They include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence. North Korea operates a series of secretive prison camps where perceived opponents of the government are sent to face torture and abuse, starvation rations, and forced labor.  Fear of collective punishment is used to silence dissent. There is no independent media, functioning civil society, or religious freedom.   

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