Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Live in North Korea? Is your name Kim Jong Un? You need to change that...

I wonder if the penalty for refusing is a forced labor camp or getting fed to hungry dogs?

Via WaPo:
Kim Jong Un, North Korea's young dictator, sits at the top of a nation that for decades has enshrined the ruling Kim dynasty as demigods. [...]
It also leads to whole ranks of the population having to surrender their names.
According to a new report on a South Korean TV station, North Korean authorities issued a directive in 2011 — when Kim Jong Un came to power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il — to reject birth certificates of newborns named Kim Jong Un and to revise the official documentation and identity cards of those who still had that name.
“All party organs and public security authorities should make a list of residents named Kim Jong Un … and train them to voluntarily change their names,” read the document, which was revealed by the KBS TV station on Tuesday.

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