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By Jiyoung Song

ISBN-10: 0415593948

ISBN-13: 9780415593946

This special ebook examines the conceptual improvement of human rights in North Korea from ancient, political and cultural perspectives.

Dr Jiyoung music explains how North Korea has understood the strategies of human rights in its public records seeing that its independence from Japan in 1945. via lively campaigns and overseas feedback, international governments and non-governmental agencies outdoor North Korea have made a number of allegations of human rights violations. nevertheless, the efforts to interact with North Korea to be able to enhance the human rights scenario via humanitarian counsel and to appreciate how North Koreans interpret human rights are frequently overshadowed via "naming and shaming" and "push-until-it-collapses" methods. utilizing shut readings and analyses of the amassed works of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s reliable newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, in addition interviews with North Korean defectors and diplomats in South Korea, China and Europe, Dr music offers thought-provoking and hugely arguable bills for the traditionally post-colonial, politically Marxist and culturally Confucian parts of North Korean rights pondering.

As a section of analysis on a state shrouded in secret this ebook could be crucial interpreting for a person discovering human rights concerns, Asian politics and overseas relations.

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The main analytical challenge for Marx’s views on rights is that they can be understood within the larger philosophical framework of his historical materialism. Marx’s historical materialism is based on the Hegelian approach to the ‘individual in isolation’ that it is not great participation in ethical emancipation but ‘greater involvement with the messy business of man’s natural life of labour, production, interaction with nature, industry and material consumption’ (Waldron 1987: 122). I attempt to draw different roles of human rights under different socio-econimic structures from Marx’s historical materialism.

In 1852, Marx (Marx and Engels 1979: 335–6) wrote that ‘universal suffrage was the equivalent of political power for the working class of England, where the proletariat would form the large majority of the population’. To Marx, universal suffrage was a far more socialistic measure than anything else and its inevitable result was the ‘political supremacy of the working class’. The lengthy list of human rights in the post-revolutionary period of North Korea included both socio-economic rights and political rights.

I attempt to draw different roles of human rights under different socio-econimic structures from Marx’s historical materialism. First of all, Marx’s materialism (or economic determinism6) provided the basic propositions for his views on rights. He considered the basic productive process The evolution of international human rights 21 in a society as one of the key variables to judge the nature of that society. In this way, abolishing the capitalist mode of production, which is based on the bourgeois exploitation of the proletariat, is a prerequisite for the full enjoyment of human rights.

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