Forced abortion in North Korea
Forced abortion in North Korea is common.
A report published in British newspaper The Times set forth how an explanation provided by a diplomat from the West, who had visited North Korea 19 times:
|“||It’s vital to recognize that 'juche' -- the dogma of self-reliance -- is not a theory but a cult and that [the dictator of North Korea named] Kim is worshipped as the leader of a religion. These Koreans genuinely believe they are a master race and that the peninsula will be united under the rule of the Kim dynasty.||”|
The Times further explained:
|“||Behind the facade of a Supreme People’s Assembly, a presidium, a cabinet and the Korean Workers' Party, North Korea operates as a one-man military dictatorship founded on clan rule, blood ties and deification of the leader. Kim is falsely said to have been born on the sacred slopes of Mount Paektu. This is used to legitimize behavior by agents of the state which human rights activists believe will one day form the basis of indictments for crimes against humanity.||”|
These "crimes against humanity" include racially motivated abortion and infanticide, particularly when the unborn or afterborn child has a parent with an ethnicity other than Korean.
About 200,000 North Koreans are imprisoned, and the women of childbearing age are repeatedly asked if they are pregnant. If so, then they are given injections to cause abortions. If the injections do not work or a women gives birth without the pregnancy being detected, then the women are required to kill their own infants.
A human rights investigator for the United States Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, David Hawk, called North Korean's practice "ethnic infanticide," in a report on 2003 based on testimony from eight women who had observed or been subjected to it.