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In Case You Missed It: New US Sanctions Target North Korea on Human Rights

On July 6, the U.S. government took an unprecedented step to fight North Korea’s egregious human rights record.

Article by Lindsay Lloyd July 7, 2016 //   1 minute read
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

North Korea already faces some of the toughest economic sanctions in the world, in response to its drive to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.  On July 6, the U.S. government took an unprecedented step to fight North Korea’s egregious human rights record.  The Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and other top officials for their role in human rights abuses.  Read more about these developments in the Washington Post.

North Korea is one of the world’s most repressive countries. Satellite images show the country – close to 47,000 square miles in size – sitting in virtual darkness. More than 24 million North Koreans live under tyranny. They are subjected to widespread human rights violations and denied fundamental rights like free expression, association, assembly, and religion.  Continue reading the Bush Institute's report on North Korea's human rights abuses, Light Through the Darkness.