Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

6-2008

Abstract

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's state ideology in light of what is perceived as an increasingly hostile international environment that has confronted North Korea since the end of the Cold War and in particular in consequence of its highly controversial nuclear weapons programme.

Keywords

Human right, North Korea, nationalistic thinking

Discipline

Asian Studies | International Relations | Political Science

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Journal of Communist Studies and Transitional Politics

Volume

24

Issue

2

First Page

272

Last Page

296

ISSN

1352-3279

Identifier

10.1080/13523270802003111

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1080/13523270802003111

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