The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea thoroughly embodies the people-first principle in Party and state activities and all fields of social life. The principle is an ideal of regarding the masses of the people as the masters of the revolution and construction, relying on them and making selfless, devoted efforts for their good.
Masters of State and Society
In the DPRK the people are the masters of the state and society and their demands for independence are being satisfied to the full.
They freely take part in state administration and socio-political activities with genuine political freedom and rights. All citizens of the DPRK, who have reached the age of 17, have the right to elect and to be elected, irrespective of sex, occupation, duration of residence, education, political views and religious belief.
The election of Deputies to the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK was held in March Juche 108 (2019). 99.99 percent of registered voters attended the election and 100 percent of them cast their ballots for the candidates for the deputies registered in relevant constituencies.
The Korean people not only hold the position as the masters of political and social life but also have all kinds of rights as human beings, including the right to work and rest and the right to receive free medical care and free education.
As they are the masters of everything, the official name of the country, the army and the organs of the state power include the word people. The People’s Palace of Culture, People’s Theatre, People’s Hospital, etc. are also honoured with the word people. Those who have rendered meritorious services for society and the collective are awarded with such honorary titles as people’s scientist, people’s artist, people’s athlete, people’s journalist and people’s artiste.
By Relying on the People
It is the method of leadership of the Workers’ Party of Korea to resolve all the problems arising in the revolution and construction by relying on the inexhaustible strength of the masses of the people.
Korea was in a very difficult situation, when it was liberated in August 1945 from the Japanese imperialists’ military occupation (1905-1945). Such being the case, the WPK proactively enlisted the exalted zeal of the Korean people in the effort to build a new country. It called upon all the people to turn out in building an independent, prosperous country, those with strength dedicating their strength, those with knowledge devoting their knowledge and those with money donating their money. True to this appeal, they stepped up the building of a new, democratic Korea, firmly united with a single mind.
After the victorious Fatherland Liberation War (1950-1953), the WPK, by mobilizing all the people, achieved brilliant successes in postwar reconstruction and completed socialist industrialization in a short span of 14 years.
In each period of the revolution it has planned, organized and conducted gigantic undertakings by always believing in them.
Last year, too, it decided to wage an 80-day campaign to greet its Eighth Congress with honour and roused all the people to the campaign. As a result, it achieved numerous successes on major fronts of socialist construction, thus solidifying the foundations of the self-supporting economy and improving the people’s living standards.
For the Good of the People
The slogan “We serve the people!” has become ubiquitous in the DPRK, epitomizing the reality of the country.
In this country where top and absolute priority is given to the convenience and interests of the people, the Party and the state regard it as their most important task to relieve their pain and misfortune as soon as possible.
When the northern area of North Hamgyong Province was unexpectedly hit by flood in Juche 105 (2016), the WPK issued an appeal to the whole Party, the entire army and all the people to focus an all-out effort on the rehabilitation campaign even though it needed the whole wealth of the country, lest the flood victims should suffer from the impending winter cold. More than 11 900 dwelling houses were newly built in the flood-stricken area in a little over two months since then.
Last year, various parts of the country suffered damage simultaneously from floods and typhoons that hit them in succession. At that time, the officials of the WPK Central Committee went to the damaged farms including those in South Hwanghae Province and speeded up the reconstruction, working together with farmers. The two divisions formed with Party members from the capital city of Pyongyang and service personnel of the Korean People’s Army were also promptly dispatched to North and South Hamgyong provinces, Komdok area and other afflicted areas across the country.
In a stricken county, the officials of the county Party committee yielded their offices to the flood victims and they themselves worked in makeshift tents. The reconstruction project progressed in full steam amid a nationwide campaign to aid the disaster victims.
Everything in the country is oriented to promoting the people’s well-being.
Even when everything was in short supply owing to the moves of the imperialists to isolate and stifle the DPRK and consecutive natural disasters that hit the country, it continued to enforce such people-oriented social policies as the universal free medical care, free compulsory education, social insurance system, recuperation and relaxation systems, paid leave and provision of maternity leave. And the country is seeking to expand such policies on a constant basis.
Ryomyong Street, Mirae Scientists Street, Yangdok Hot Spring Resort, Ryugyong General Ophthalmic Hospital, Okryu Children’s Hospital and other structures and bases for cultural and leisure activities have mushroomed in different parts of the country, and things for their well-being are being created one after another.
As they lead a happy life under such a benevolent social system, the Korean people value socialism like their life and staunchly defend it.