Human Rights and Democracy 2014-15

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

This is one of 27 human rights priority countries included in the latest annual FCO Human Rights Report. Updates are published on the GOV.UK website every six months to highlight key human rights events in these countries, and to report on actions that the UK has taken.

Comments on the main report or updates can be made below. They will be monitored and moderated by staff at the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO who will also try and answer as many questions as possible.

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4 comments on “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

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  2. John Ellis says:

    ‘You cannot appease a dictator.’

    I dont know how many times i have to petition the FO with this Churchillian maxim.

    I’m not privy to the policy rationale which led to engagement with of the DPRK. On the surface it looks highly moral, and certainly pragmatic.

    But there must be a serious issue of delaying an internal rising by falsely assuaging moral people in the DPRK into believing the outside world will bring significant help, whereas this is extremely unlikely.

    Policy calls for the most intelligent and well informed strategy planning, and must involve China who is the major player here.

    Enforced isolation from the rest of the world maybe prerequisite to internal collapse for North Korea.

    My observations are not based on extensive studying of the situation and I apologize for my ignorance.

    Best Wishes

    John Ellis

  3. Martin Weiser says:

    Your report on the DPRK states that “The DPRK authorities deny that lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people exist” and accordingly no protective laws for sexual minorities exist.

    Could you clarify when and where the DPRK authorities officially stated that no sexual minorities exist among its population or how you arrived at this conclusion?

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      Thank you for your query regarding the FCO Human Rights Report, specifically seeking clarification on LGBT rights in the DPRK. During meetings between UK and DPRK officials, the DPRK has repeatedly informed us of their belief that LGBT people are not present in the DPRK. This position was confirmed publicly on 22 April 2014 when the DPRK state declared via its media organisation “This practice[homosexuality] can never be found in the DPRK boasting of the sound mentality and good morals [of DPRK citizens]”.

      In December 2013, the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the British Embassy in Pyongyang that the family law of the DPRK under Chapter 2, Article 8 “…marriage, only between a man and a woman, can be allowed”.

      Furthermore there are accounts from DPRK defectors that confirm this view.