The Evolution of Human Rights Thinking in North Korea

  title={The Evolution of Human Rights Thinking in North Korea},
  author={Robert Weatherley and Son Jiyoung},
  journal={Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics},
  pages={272 - 296}
  • R. Weatherley, S. Jiyoung
  • Published 28 April 2008
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics
The official discourse of human rights in North Korea has shown signs of evolution in recent times, reflecting a variety of philosophical foundations and a need to respond to mounting criticism from the West. While Confucianism and Marxism have been key in influencing North Korean rights thinking, some of the more recent official pronouncements on rights have a distinctly nationalistic or ‘juche-oriented’ complexion. This shift in emphasis reflects the growing importance of juche to North Korea… 
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