North Korea

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#34
3

Communities at risk

Political/social targets, religious minorities

Summary

North Korea ranked 34th in 2017’s Peoples under Threat index and fell three places from 2016’s ranking. As North Korea sinks further into international isolation, the risk to its peoples grows. The staging of nuclear tests and rising tensions with South Korea have captured the headlines, but the country remains remarkably opaque to external scrutiny.… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2017 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflictsNo data
Major armed conflictNo data
Prior genocide / politicideNo data
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0001
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance6
Rise of factionalized elites8.5
Voice and Accountability-2.146
Political Stability-1.223
Rule of Law-1.566
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL11.727

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

North Korea ranked 34th in 2017’s Peoples under Threat index and fell three places from 2016’s ranking.

As North Korea sinks further into international isolation, the risk to its peoples grows. The staging of nuclear tests and rising tensions with South Korea have captured the headlines, but the country remains remarkably opaque to external scrutiny. Comprehensive evidence is yet to emerge concerning the state of North Korea’s people, including its many religious minorities, its impoverished rural population and the 100,000 detained in the prison camp system. China’s increasingly critical relationship with Pyongyang boosts the potential for some form of change, but with it the risks.