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Is the result of complying with the authorities’ guidelines death?

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2021-01-25 12:33
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[Is the result of complying with the authorities’ guidelines death?]






[The view of the Yalu Riverside in Sakju County, North Pyongan Province, North Korea /Photo = Daily NK]


It is said that during the 8th Party congress, the North Korean authorities neglected the management of some household who were self-quarantined due to suspected COVID-19 symptoms and a result, those family members died. Those who died were banned from going out to the outside of the house under the COVID-19 quarantine policy of the authorities. Party officials had visited the quarantined household every day to check the isolation of the residents by looking inside through the window. However, as authorities began to prepare for the Party congress, management of the quarantined household was relegated to a lower priority and the related officials were deployed to guard the No. 1 historical site instead. In the end, two households (a family of three and an elderly couple) died.

The quarantined people could not come out of the house due to the authorities' regulation. The Party's responsibility for the protection of quarantined people is more severe because neighboring residents were also banned from visiting people in quarantine. However, the authorities had ignored reports from the relatives that their family in quarantine are not answering the phone. The quarantined residents eventually died in a lonely state of high fever and hunger.

The authorities proudly promoted that the Party congress is for the people. In reality, however, they were busy protecting No. 1 historical site while ignoring the care of quarantined people’s lives. North Koreans are living under severe control according to the guideline of the authorities, which says “the Party leads the lives of all social groups and people." Pain is the only result given to residents who follow the authorities’ instructions for the rest of their lives. NAUH, the organization for North Korean human rights, acts until the day when North Koreans' trampled freedom and human rights are restored.

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[인민보다 중요한 행사라니, 지침준수 대가는 죽음?!]







최근 북한당국의 관심이 8차 당대회로 쏠리면서 코로나19 의심증상으로 자가격리 중이던 일부세대가 방치되어 사망했다는 소식입니다. 사망한 이들은 당국의 코로나19 격리 방침에 의해 집 밖 출입이 금지되었고, 이들은 그간 당에서 매일 격리상태를 확인하는 식으로 관리받고 있었는데요. 당국이 본격적인 당대회 준비에 돌입하면서 관리일꾼들이 1호 사적 보위업무에 투입되자 격리세대에 대한 관리가 뒷전으로 밀리면서, 결국 2개 세대(3인 가족과 노부부 2인 가족)의 주민들은 사망에 이르게 되었다고 합니다.

격리자는 당국의 통제로 인해 집 밖으로 나올 수 없고, 이웃주민조차 격리자 방문이 금지된 상황이기에 주민보호에 대한 당(黨)의 책임은 더욱 엄중하다 할 수 있는데요. 그러나 당국은 격리세대에서 전화를 받지 않는다는 친척들의 신고마저도 무시하는 바람에 격리된 주민들은 고열과 굶주림 속에 쓸쓸히 죽음을 맞이하게 되었습니다.

인민을 위한 당대회라 자랑스레 선전하지만, 결국 그 실상을 들춰보면 1호를 칭송하기에 바쁜 것일 뿐 인민의 목숨은 안중에도 없는 모양입니다. 사람 목숨을 저울질해가며 진행하는 행사가 대체 어디에 있단 말입니까? ‘당(黨)은 모든 사회단체와 인민의 생활을 '영도'한다.’는 당국의 지침아래 일생을 통제받으며 살아가는 주민들... 평생을 당국에 지시에 따르는 주민들이지만 그 보답은 고통뿐입니다. 북한인권단체 나우(NAUH)는 북한주민의 짓밟힌 자유와 인권이 회복되는 그 날까지 행동합니다.

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