North Korea’s “gross failure” to protect even the most basic health of its children is a violation of human rights, says W. Courtland Robinson, lead author of a new study on the health of DPRK children.
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea cites systemic abuses culminating in:
- An “educational system” amounting to forced labor for 11 hours a day, which includes “compulsory self-criticism sessions”
- A reemergence of malaria
- Evidence of undernourishment including stunting
Researchers acknowledge limitations in the data due to the country’s isolation, but “given all we know, the situation is nothing short of calamitous,” says Robinson.
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea