[Event]Punishments and perpetration mechanisms ofthe Non- socialist Group in the DPRK- research findings

27 Feb 2023
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An unexpected house search, which could happen at any given time, is an actual reality for 

many people living in a Panoptic society, such as that of North Korea. 

Who and on what basis, has decided to provide an organization with an authority to conduct unannounced searches on private citizens and their properties, perpetrating human rights violations in the process of inspection?

The DPRK regime countinously attempts to eradicate anti- and non- socialist behaviors from the country, 

but what are those actually and what kind of punishments would one receive engaging in such acts? 

In its latest reports, NKDB tried to answer those questions, having conducted a throughout reseach of the Non- socialist Group as well as anti- socialist and non- socialist behaviors, which the organization is meant to crackdown on. 

During the conference held at the Korea Press Center on January 19th 2023, NKDB presented its research findings regarding structural organization of the group, its daily tasks, inspections, crackdowns as well as exisiting government policies and some trends in the authorities' responses. For domestics and foreign stakeholders, who gathered during the conferences, NKDB also presented certain accountability measures that could be drawn against the perpetrators. 

Researchers in charge of the project, Bo-Bae Su and  Su-Young Yang from the Databse Center for North Korean Human Rights, reveled results of surveys conducted with North Korena escapees on the current state of non-socialism in the country as well as the censorship, crackdowns, and punishments therein.

List of invited panelists included a former North Korean prosecutor Eun-Deok Kim, attorney Woong-Gi Kim, professor of International Studies at Kyunghee University Buhm-suk Baek, and Eleonor Fernandez, who is a Human Rights Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Seoul. All participants discussed significance of the research, methods to establish accountability measures and exchanged ideas to solve the issue.

NKDB will continue to make efforts to urge implementation of sanctions and seek accountability in response to ongoing human rights violations. Having gather numerous testimonies from North Korean escapees , the organization is committed to unceasingly monitor the current situation of human rights violations caused by activities of the Non- socialist Group.

North Korea's 'Non- socialist Group': Inspections, Crackdowns and Human Rights Violations in a Panoptic Society can be accessed on the Databse Canter for North Korean Human Rights's website and the organization's social media.

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