According to some reports, North Korean workers are being given methamphetamine-based drugs to speed up construction at a large facility.
North Korean workers are given methamphetamine-based drugs to speed up construction at a large facility.
In North Korea, the problem of attempting to force a large construction project is being discussed. After the scandal around the unhealthy working conditions of builders in Qatar during the construction of the Al Wakrah stadium designed by Zahi Hadid, public attention was attracted by the information about North Korean workers who are being forced to speed up work.
Many workers were given a drug containing methamphetamine to speed up the construction of a 70-story building in the center of the capital.The skyscraper is one of the 60 buildings under construction in Pyongyang.
When Zaha Hadid was once criticized for the inhuman working conditions of the workers on her project, she said: “I have no relation to the workers. I think this is a question that the government should deal with if the problem really exists. I hope that a solution will be found. ”
Poor conditions for workers in a building boom situation are becoming an important topic of discussion and settlement on the part of the authorities, because the majority of workers work in terrible, unhealthy conditions, often illegally and for very low pay, resulting in hundreds of deaths in construction sites of countries like India , Nepal and Qatar.
The pressure exerted on builders to meet deadlines is also a crime against humanity, and legislative measures must be taken to protect the rights of workers.
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Unofficial sources report that project managers in the capital Pyongyang are subjected to such pressure that they have resorted to at least and openly supply workers with drugs in order to deliver the object in time.The drug, known as ice, is a crystalline form of a powerful methamphetamine stimulant.
Methamphetamine belongs to the amphetamine stimulant group and is easily addictive. He gives an intense high, followed by a sharp decline in euphoria. Methamphetamine use causes temporary enthusiasm, a surge of strength and vitality. However, he is also able to provoke nervousness, paranoid manifestations, confusion and aggression.
After taking mathemamine, pressure rises and heartbeat increases, which increases the risk of heart attacks. There is evidence of the harmful effects of the drug on the brain and severe psychosis resulting from prolonged use of this drug. Overdose can provoke a stroke, damage to the kidneys and the gastrointestinal tract.
“The management openly offers the drug to the builders so that they work faster,” a construction participant in Pyongyang told Radio Free Asia. “[They] suffer terrible suffering in the workplace.”
Human rights ombudsmen in Asia expressed that working conditions could be equated to slave labor, and called on the UN to take measures against the country's leader Kim Jong-un.
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Phil Robertson, director of the human rights organization Human Rights Watch in Asia, said: "It will be difficult to prove that this is really happening, but if the fact is confirmed, we strongly condemn the like."
“The real problem here is slave labor, therefore, as a natural reaction to what is happening, the question immediately arises that if they need people to work faster, why not pay accordingly, instead of resorting to drug issuance?”
“The North Korean government wants to finish these buildings to prove that they are a developed country. But this kind of forced labor is unequivocally condemned by the world community. ”
Mr. Robertson added: “This is a return during the Second World War, when governments regularly resorted to violent measures, forcing citizens to work.”
North Korea has been producing methamphetamine since the 1970s for profit.
It was originally sold as a medicine, but quickly became a popular drug.
It is produced by low-paid chemists in state-owned enterprises for sale in the country and abroad.
When opium sales declined in the early 2000s, methamphetamine became even more common.