Orphans, conscripts and students – some who look like children – are “volunteering” for human labor in North Korea. including in coal mines, farms and large construction projects. state media reports
Hundreds of graduates from orphanage schools “Volunteer to work in difficult areas,” according to KCNA news agency.
The report did not specify the age of the orphans. but said they graduated from high school. And photos published in state newspapers show youth who appear to be in their teens.
On Saturday, KCNA reported that more than 700 orphans had volunteered to work on cooperative farms. iron and steel production and forestry work, among other areas.
on thursday The agency reports that about 150 graduates from three orphan schools have volunteered to work in coal mines and farms.
“(Graduates from an orphanage school) volunteer to work in important workplaces. to build socialism with the intention of glorifying their youth in the fight for the prosperity of the country,” KCNA said. “They completed their courses under the warm supervision of the Mother Party.”
The United Nations says drastic measures taken by North Korea to curb the spread of COVID-19. It has increased human rights violations and economic hardship for the country’s citizens. This includes the starvation report.
According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 report on human rights codes, in some cases 16- and 17-year-olds are enrolled in military construction groups for 10 years and are subject to long working hours and dangerous work
“Students suffered physical and mental injuries, malnutrition, exhaustion and lack of growth as a result of forced labor,” the report said, although North Korean law prohibits forced labor.
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North Korea denies reports of human rights violations. and said the issue was a political issue by the enemy.
In a letter to trade unions on Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country was facing a The “worst problem” of the past few years. but the strength and prestige of the nation is enhanced by “Loyalty and brave battle of the workers” and others.
Recent state media reports It also mentioned university students who volunteered to work on major projects. and the troops of “Soldier builders” from the country’s conscripted army, who work in construction.