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Analysis on “the Reports of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child” : Focused on the Welfare Articles of the Fifth and Sixth Periodic Reports

  • Korea and Global Affairs
  • Abbr : KGA
  • 2020, 4(5), pp.95-143
  • DOI : 10.22718/kga.2020.4.5.004
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Politics and Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : August 7, 2020
  • Accepted : October 3, 2020
  • Published : October 27, 2020

Lee, Chul soo 1

1신한대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study aims to track the reporting behavior of the DPRK by examining the child welfare-related articles of the fifth and sixth periodic reports on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, submitted by the DPRK to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The study looked into the welfare-related articles of ① North Korea's reports on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ② the list of issues requested by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, ③ North Korea's replies to the list of issues, and ④ the concluding observations by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. This study adopted qualitative research method used for literature analysis. The findings of the study are as follows: First, in terms of the format and contents of the reports, North Korea failed to adopt a consistent and grouped format as well as to contain quality contents, despite its previous reporting experience of the same matters three times. Second, with regard to the writing style of the reports and the concreteness of its explanations, North Korea lacked concrete statements while largely using assertive expressions, which, in turn, raised a question about its credibility. Third, in terms of description, the reports lacked presenting ①metered quantitative reporting, ②specific outcomes and cases, and ③the contextual information on the various projects stated in the reports. Fourth, at a cognitive level, the reports failed to report on some basic and essential information. Fifth, the reports revealed North Korea lacked an accurate perception of its child rights situations and the future-oriented objectives and contents. In conclusion, the study found the reports had “errors in reporting focus”, “illogical responses”, and “lack of practical solutions”.

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