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first_img AvatarChoi Song Min North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Discriminatory housing policies upheld by the regime News Facebook Twitter With the first batch of newly-built homes ready for allocation in the floodstricken province of North Hamgyong, instructions have been issued to discriminate between residents according to their social class. The authorities are set to allocate the more desirable homes to the core ruling class first, while publicly stating that, “The Workers’ Party does not discriminate against anyone.”“As the ‘flood restoration battle’ held over the past 40 days in the northern regions draws to a close, the newly-built homes will soon be allocated to families. The authorities have provided notice that a policy is in place to distinguish the ‘core class’ from the ‘hostile class’,” a Daily NK source in North Hamgyong Province reported on November 9.“The provincial party and administrative bodies are working on the housing project under direct instruction from the central party, with instructions to allocate the best houses to the families of the war dead and honored soldiers. In contrast to the early phases of the project when homes were first given to those families who lost the most from the flood and those with elderly family members, the criteria has now abruptly changed.”A separate source in North Hamgyong Province added, “It is expected that the best detached houses built on the sunny hills will first be allocated to families of the core class, while the families of defectors or missing persons are going to receive the lowest priority for housing provision. The core class will be able to live in detached houses with vegetable gardens and large front yards, while families deemed to be from the hostile class will have to live in cramped ‘harmonica houses’ (small flats in which 4 families share the same building and toilets).”The North Korean authorities classify the entire population into three tiers: the core class, the wavering class, and the hostile class. This hierarchical classification system is based on the family’s history of political support and has a significant influence on the political and social status of the North Korean people, as well as for most aspects of their daily life including education, employment, and marriage.The revised Constitution (2012) of North Korea stipulates that “citizens must have the same rights in all aspects of their societal life (Article 65),” emphasizing that all residents have equal rights in the eyes of the law. However, in reality, the authorities have strictly discriminated between all citizens depending on their social class since the time of liberation.According to the sources, the regime has organized ‘housing assignment managers’ who act as supervisory administrators under the authority of the regional People’s Committee. These managers are in close consultation with the provincial State Security Department and the provincial Ministry of People’s Security to exclude families with financial difficulties and the families of defectors from the primary housing allocations.“The homes (apartments) for which construction has been completed number about 1800 in Hoeryong City, about 500 in Yonsa County, and about 1500 in Musan County. However, the families of defectors are only being allocated to harmonica houses or the top floors of five-story apartments,” an additional source in North Hamgyong Province confirmed.“The regime is sending an indirect message saying that, ‘only those loyal to the regime will be rewarded with benefits.’ It also seems to be a warning against those considering defection.” Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderscenter_img SHARE News NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News By Choi Song Min – 2016.11.11 3:44pm last_img read more