North Korea isn’t exactly known for its human rights, but their government’s latest stunt shows how desperate they are to try and make their country look better than it is.
According to reports, the North Korean government has resorted to giving its workers methamphetamine in order to force them to work harder for longer.
North Korea was originally exposed for this in August 2016, after a construction managers were exposed for giving their employees meth.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The effects of the drug include a dramatic increase in energy and a suppression of the appetite, which can last upwards of 12 hours, seemingly a perfect fuel for robot-minded workers under the control of an uncaring government.
An anonymous source inside the country informed RFA that “hundreds of thousands” of North Koreans had essentially been drafted into the construction service and put to work on the 70-story building, as well as roughly 60 other smaller buildings in the surrounding area, stating, “(They) are undergoing terrible sufferings in their work.”
“Project managers are now openly providing drugs to construction workers so that they will work faster,” the source added, noting that the push was on to complete the construction projects before the cold winter weather forced a shutdown.
The U.K. Telegraph simply called this drug-induced slave labor, but said that it would be incredibly challenging to prove.
“It’s going to be hard to verify that this is happening, but if it is confirmed then we utterly condemned it,” said Phil Robertson, Human Right’s Watch’s Asia director, according to The Telegraph. “The real issue here is slave labor, and our immediate reaction to this was that if they want faster workers why not actually pay them, instead of resorting to giving them drugs?
“The North Korean government wants to finish these buildings to somehow prove that they are a developed country. But this kind of forced labor has been unilaterally condemned by the international community,” he added. “It is a throwback to the Second World War when governments regularly resorted to forcing labor of their citizens.”
According to a defector from the country, a large portion of the North Korean population has become addicted to meth.
“The North Korean government initiated the illegal drugs, but now it’s expanded to the general market,” defector Kim Hyeong-soo told The Sun.
This is really sad. The West needs to intervene and save the North Korean people from their brutal and oppressive dictator.
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