North Korea: Harsh Punishments for Non-Mourners of Kim Jong Il

North Korea: Harsh Punishments for Non-Mourners of Kim Jong Il

Some North Koreans have been sent to work camps.

Imagine getting judged not only for your poor taste in funeral attire or social manners at the funeral of a Supreme Being, but for your truthful sincerity during the mourning procession. It’s now being reported by The Huffington Post (who got the news through the Daily NK) that offensive mourners at Kim Jong Il’s funeral or those who failed to attend the great leader’s funeral are being sent to a labor-training camp for six months.

The offense of insincerity may sound funny, but the punishment is quite cruel. While no human rights organizations have stated that anyone has been gassed at the North Korean labor camps, Amnesty International issued a report in May of 2011 indicating that as many as 40% of all of the inmates at the labor camps starve to death from malnutrition.

According to the The Huffington Post and The Daily Mail, the North Korean regime is judging mourners as insincere if they failed to cry during the services for Kim Jong Il. Others are being punished in a similar fashion are crimes which include spreading rumors or disseminating information within North Korea about Kim Jong Eun, the new leader of North Korea.

The Daily Mail is also reporting that any North Korean trying to defect from North Korea will be shot by the North Korean government during the period of mourning within the communist nation.

The North Korean regime is also taking initiative to quell any dissent about Kim Jong Eun and is actively educating the public about how great the young Kim Jong is; in addition, the government is broadcasting about the young leader’s greatness from loud speakers throughout the nation.

North Korea is known for controlling the media within the country and is also known for controlling its citizenry by fear.

The Council on Foreign Relations has THIS ANALYSIS describing Kim Jong Un and the military leaders surrounding him. The article describes each of the military leaders around Kim Jong Un and questions whether or not North Korean positions will change strategically as a result of the shift in power from a nation where the decisions were controlled by one leader to a nation with a heavily-influenced seemingly weaker leader. (It should be noted that I am not familiar with the Council on Foreign Relations, but that this report does appear to be unbiased.)