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World's worst human rights violators

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North Korea: The North Korean constitution provides for freedom of speech and the press, but in practice these rights are nonexistent. Nearly all forms of private communication are monitored by a huge network of informers. Corruption is believed to be endemic at all levels of the state and economy. The regime subjects thousands of political prisoners to brutal conditions, and collective or familial punishment for suspected dissent by an individual is a common practice. A poster of North Korean leader Kim Jung-il is on display at a Korean War exhibition in Seoul on May 27.

PHOTO: Lee Jin-man/AP

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