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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

This kind of people might get elected to leading posts in DLP

The Democratic Labor Party is having elections for several leading posts, as the party statutes don't allow members of parliament to held party posts. And now some of the "national liberation" (NL) line followers have high chances of getting elected. For the NL fraction, the "national problem" (minjok munje) comes before democracy, human rights and all that Western, bourgeois stuff.

Kim Chang-hyunI'm not sure if this Kim Chang-hyun guy belongs to the NL/National Alliance (Chôn'guk yônhap) sphere, but this is what he had to say about applying "universal values" on socialist countries (read DPRK).

For example, death penalty in capitalist countries is being criticized as infringement against human rights and against civilization, but in socialism, carried out for the so-called counterrevolutionary crimes, death penalty cannot be absolutely criticized as an infringement of human rights."
인류의 보편적 가치를 구현하는 방법도 다 다를 수 있습니다.
예컨대, 사형제도는 자본주의 체제 아래서 반인권적이고 반문명적인 악제로 비난받지만, 사회주의 하에서 이른바 반혁명적인 범죄행위에 대해 사형으로 다스리는 것을 무조건 반인권적이라고 비난할 수는 없을 것입니다.

I have been wishing that DLP would show tendencies of developing towards Western European leftist parties, but looking at what many of the DLP party post candidates have been saying, it doesn't look that way. Perhaps my wish has been just bourgeois thinking wanting to force Western values on Koreans.
(Perhaps I should add that I've been for a long time wishing that South Korea would join the civilized countries and abolish death penalty)

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