Sexual abuse is ‘part of everyday life in North Korea

Sexual abuse is so widespread in North Korea that, for many women ‘part of everyday life’ has become. This is evident from a report of human rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The abuse is committed by the North Korean authorities, at all levels. These include high-ranking party members, prison guards, police officers or soldiers. The perpetrators seem to be also in no way have to worry about the consequences of their actions, the report said.

The women do, after all, hardly a declaration of the abuse, out of fear for revenge, or for their reputation. Some seem to be also not really aware of the severity of the abuse, because they are never otherwise have known, in the totalitarian regime of North Korea. In addition, the misbruikklachten barely examined and they lead hardly any to convictions.


The sexual abuse takes place mainly in prisons and on markets. For the victims that are locked up, there’s very little you can do about it, because the women are risking even more to be punished. On the other hand, risk women who have not locked up their income to lose if they file a complaint. They would also go to a camp be sent, post IT.

The human rights organisation relies for his report on 62 interviews with people who have the country since 2011, have fled, among whom were also a number of officials. It only concerns a limited number of testimonials, but the human rights organisation can see ‘a pattern’ by the consistency of the stories.

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