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North Korea Actually Does Something Right

BY RELEVANT CURRENT / GLOBAL August 20, 2012

Okay, so, overturning an old law that forbids women from riding bicycles may not exactly be a giant leap forward for human rights, but from North Korea, it might as well be the Emancipation Proclamation. The law—first imposed the law in the early 1990s, following an accident that involved a woman on a bike— meant that any woman seen riding could be fined up to 5000 North Korean Won (about $40.) It was not heavily enforced outside the capital city, but Kim Jong Un’s decision to completely reverse it shows an unusual amount of reflection and forward thinking for a country that’s mostly noted for being a land where freedom goes to die …

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