The social system of the DPRK is a man-centered social system whereby the working popular masses are the masters of everything, and everything in society serves the working popular masses. The state shall safeguard the interests of, and respect and protect the human rights of the working people, including workers, farmers, soldiers, and working intellectuals, who have been freed from exploitation and oppression and have become the masters of the state and society
Socialism is built by the creative labor of the working masses. Labor in the DPRK is the independent and creative labor of the working people who have been freed from exploitation and oppression. The state shall make the labor of our working people, who do not experience unemployment, more joyful and worthwhile, so that they work with voluntary enthusiasm and initiative for the society, the collective, and themselves.
The daily working hours of the working people shall be eight hours. The state shall shorten the daily working hours for certain labor, according to the level of difficulty and special conditions. The state shall ensure the full utilization of the working hours by organizing labor effectively and strengthening labor discipline.
In the DPRK, citizens shall begin to work from the age of 16. The state shall prohibit the labor of children under the stipulated working age.
Citizens shall have the right to labor. All citizens who are able to work shall choose occupations according to their wishes and talents, and shall be guaranteed secure jobs and working conditions. Citizens shall work according to their abilities and shall be paid in accordance with the quantity and quality of their work.
Citizens shall have the right to rest. This right shall be guaranteed by the establishment of working hours, legal holidays, paid leave, rest and recuperation at state expense, and by a variety of continuously increasing cultural facilities.
Citizens shall be guaranteed inviolability of the person and the home and privacy of correspondence. Citizens cannot be detained or arrested and their homes cannot be searched without legal grounds.
Labor is a sacred duty and honor of citizens. Citizens shall voluntarily and sincerely participate in labor and strictly observe labor discipline and working hours.
Constitution of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea 1972 (revised 2016) (PDF)
Women shall have equal right with men to free marriage.
The minimum age for marriage shall be 17 years for females and 18 years for males.
The State shall hereafter forbid such violations of female human rights as polygamy and traffic in women as a wife or a concubine, the remnants of the mediaeval feudalism. The licensed or unlicensed prostitution and Kisaeng system (Kisaeng service, Kisaeng school etc.) shall be forbidden. Anyone who offends against the above provision shall be punished by law.
Article 119: (Exploitation of Labour)
A person who illegally hires another person with money or goods for personal business or exploits such other person’s labour shall be punished by short-term labour for less than two years. In cases where the person commits a grave offence, he or she shall be punished by reform through labour for less than three years
Article 261: (Prostitution)
A person who has engaged in prostitution multiple times shall be punished by short-term labour for less than two years. In cases where the person commits a grave offence, he or she shall be punished by reform through labour for less than two years.
“Citizens are entitled to marry freely. Marriage shall be undertaken between a single male and a single female.”
A marriage that is not based on the free consent of the parties, a marriage under the minimum age for marriage (18 years for males and 17 years for females) a marriage with a person who already has a registered husband or wife and a marriage between blood relatives up to and including third cousins, or between relatives by marriage up to and including first cousins is null and void. A marriage may be declared invalid by the court.