North Korean Human Rights Law – Past and Present

“Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” The following text is part of the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 to establish the minimum universal standard for human dignity and rights. To protect basic human rights, the UN adopted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1966 at the 21st UN General Assembly, which came into force from 1976. Consequently, the issue of human rights gained universal standing as a matter of international concern

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