Two kids executed in North Korea for watching K-drama and listening to K-Pop

by Subhechcha Ganguly

According to a story, two high school students from North Korea were put to death for downloading and sharing South Korean dramas with their friends. K-drama consumption and distribution are against the law in the nation. According to Radio Free Asia, which cited two eyewitnesses, the youngsters were murdered in a rare instance of retribution under the Kim Jong Un dictatorship for watching and sharing South Korean movies.

The article further stated that individuals who share or watch South Korean dramas and films as well as those who murder others will not be pardoned and will receive the death penalty as the harshest punishment. According to earlier reports, North Korea is tightening down on names that it deems to be “too soft” and is urging parents to give their children “patriotic” names like “Bomb,” “Gun,” and “Satellite.” The nation wants parents to give their kids more ideological and patriotic names. Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, desires that the new names end in a consonant.

In the meantime, Saudi Arabia has executed three members of the Al-Huwaiti clan for putting up a fight against being forced to leave in order to build the $500 billion NEOM megaproject. The same location will host the Asian Winter Games in 2029, Riyadh said this week. Shadli, Atallah, and Ibrahim Al-Huwaiti were the three men that were detained in 2020 for refusing to cede their home to the project. Abdul Rahim Al-Huwaiti, a 43-year-old Tabuk resident who was killed by Saudi Special Forces in April 2020 after demonstrating against Riyadh’s eviction orders, is the brother of Shadli Al-Huwaiti.

Shadli, Attaullah, and Ibrahim al-Howeitat, members of the Howeitat tribe from the northern Tabuk province, were sentenced to death earlier this month at court, according to ALQST, an independent group monitoring human rights in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian Specialized Criminal Court, which hears cases involving terrorism but is primarily used to indict human rights activists and dissidents in the oil-rich country, sentenced other Howeiti members to 50 years in prison in September.

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