The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued an order to
ban suicides after a significant increase in cases. The exact number of
suicides in the country is challenging to determine due to the regime's lack of
transparency regarding such issues.
However, the South Korean National Intelligence Service
estimated a 40% rise in suicides compared to the previous year. Kim Jong Un
described suicide as an "act of treason against socialism" and
emphasized that local government officials would be held accountable for
failing to prevent suicides in their jurisdictions.
Confidential meetings were held in each province, involving
party committee leaders at various levels, where the suicide prevention order
Officials from the regions of North Hamgyong and Ryanggang,
speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the meetings included
discussions on suicide statistics and examples of entire families taking their
The anonymous officials expressed concerns that suicide was
affecting the community more than starvation, highlighting severe poverty and
hunger as the primary causes behind most of the suicides.
Despite the existence of a suicide prevention policy ratified
by the general secretary, the officials admitted to struggling to find
The ban on suicides in North Korea reflects Kim Jong Un's
view that suicide is an act of betrayal against the socialist ideology. By
holding local authorities accountable, he aims to address the rising number of
suicides and prevent further criticism of the country and its social system.
It is important to note that the information presented is
based on anonymous sources and Radio Free Asia, as the North Korean regime
rarely discloses data on such matters. The true extent of the suicide problem
in North Korea remains difficult to ascertain.
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