February 29, 2024
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Ensuring rights of the disabled consistent policy of the DPRK

Date: 03/12/2023 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

It is the consistent policy of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the DPRK to also put forward persons with disabilities as masters of the state and society and make them lead a fulfilling life in all fields of social life.

“The work to take care of and help the disabled and ensure their rights in the DPRK already began with the building of a new Korea,” said Ri Kwang, senior staffer of the Central Committee of the Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled.

He noted that General Kim Il Sung saw to it that the issue of providing living conditions for the disabled was stipulated in the Labour  Law  for  the  Factory  and  Office  Workers  in  North  Korea, the first labour law of the country established in 1946, the year after the liberation of Korea, and that the democratic union of the blind of north Korea was established as the first organization of the disabled in February 1948.

In the grim period of the Fatherland Liberation War, he took a measure to build honoured disabled soldiers' school to make sure that they learned technologies and skills.

Chairman Kim Jong Il, who always paid close attention to the life of persons with disabilities, ensured that the Central Committee of Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled was organized and the Law of the DPRK on the Protection of the Disabled instituted, thus laying the foundation for conducting the work to protect the disabled on a wider scale.

Under the leadership of General Secretary Kim Jong Un, the legal system related to the protection of the disabled has been further perfected, policies for them have continued to be enforced and it has become a social trait of the country to take good care of them.

The Law of the DPRK on Ensuring the Rights of the Disabled was adopted at the Ninth Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly in September this year.

The law concretely stipulates the contents related to providing the disabled with stable and favourable living environment and conditions in all fields of social life and thoroughly protecting their rights and interests.

It also lays down the matters of principle arising in ensuring the rights of the disabled, including the issue of establishing social traits of treating and helping them kindly, thus further regularizing the working system and order to provide them with a stable and happy life and enabling the disabled to receive more benefits than ordinary people.

Such persons enjoy a worthwhile life while realizing their wishes.

Among them is Jon Ju Hyon who was a table-tennis player of the Korean Sports Association of the Disabled.

Jon Ju Hyon, who became crippled as he was hurt at the one leg unexpectedly 20 years ago, realized his dream of becoming a table-tennis player with the help of the association and won a gold medal at the ITTF Asian Para Championships 2019.

As a technical staffer of the Puksae electronic product company at present, he  contributed to making the company become one of national top 10 IT businesses in 2021 and played a leading role in introducing a new integrated dialogue function program into a smart phone which the company presented to the light industrial goods exhibition “Development of Light Industry-2023”.

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