However, access is still tightly controlled for these organizations, and the government has been known to expel media crews in retaliation for their work.
Foreigners are not allowed to join the KWP or serve in the military or government.
Religious groups are harshly suppressed and unable to organize politically.
The party is subject to regular purges aimed at reinforcing the leader’s personal authority, and the regime has executed senior officials who have fallen out of favor with Supreme Leader Kim. Do various segments of the population (including ethnic, religious, gender, LGBT, and other relevant groups) have full political rights and electoral opportunities?
0 / 4 North Korea is ethnically homogeneous, with only a small Chinese population and few non-Chinese foreign residents.
In 2016, the Supreme People’s Assembly established the State Affairs Commission as the country’s top ruling organ and elected Kim Jong-un as chairman.
Kim already held a variety of other titles, including first chairman of the National Defense Commission—previously the highest state body—and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army. Were the current national legislative representatives elected through free and fair elections?
The country has been ruled by the KWP since its founding, and the party itself has always been controlled by the Kim family.
Kim Jong-il was dubbed the “eternal general secretary” of the party after his death.
At the KWP’s tightly controlled seventh party congress in 2016, Kim Jong-un, previously the party’s “first secretary,” was elected to the newly created position of chairman. Are the people’s political choices free from domination by the military, foreign powers, religious hierarchies, economic oligarchies, or any other powerful group that is not democratically accountable?