Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League

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Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League
Secretary General Jon Yong-nam
Founded January 17, 1946
Headquarters Pyongyang, North Korea
Ideology Juche
Mother party Workers' Party of Korea
International affiliation World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY)
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Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League (KSYL; Chosŏn'gŭl김일성사회주의청년동맹; hancha金日成社會主義靑年同盟) is a North Korean youth organization. It is the main youth organization in North Korea. Directly under the party Central Committee, it is the only mass organization expressly mentioned in the charter of the Workers' Party of Korea.[not verified in body] Youth under 15 may join the Young Pioneer Corps, itself a part of the more larger Korean Children's Union.


The League was founded by Kim Il-sung on January 17, 1946 as the Democratic Youth League of North Korea. It became the youth wing of the Workers' Party of North Korea, later the Workers' Party of Korea. It was renamed the Democratic Youth League of Korea and in May 1964 renamed as the League of Socialist Working Youth of Korea.[1] It assumed its present name on its 50th anniversary in 1996.[2]

The 8th congress of the youth league was held in February 1993, after a 12-year lapse since the 7th congress, held in 1981. The last conference was held on 12 July 2012, after ten years since the previous one, held on 21–22 March 2002. The 9th congress has been convened for January 2016, after 23 years since the previous one.

On 4 January 2007, in Pyongyang, Kim Song-chol, the First Secretary of the Pyongyang Municipal People's Committee of the KYSL gave a speech at a mass rally, with other high government officials, praising Songun Korea.[3] During the speech, Kim Song-chol said that the country should bolster "death-defying corps" and create a "youth vanguard faithfully following the Party's Songun politics."[3]

The 47th plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the KSYL was held, in Pyongyang, on 22 March 2012. At the meeting, former First Secretary Ri Yong-chol was relieved of his post due to his age and Jon Yong-nam was elected to the post.

Recently, Choe Ryong-hae has been replacing military officials with KSYL members.[4]


Within the government, the KSYL coordinates the national youth policy of North Korea together with other youth-serving ministries, such as the Ministry of Education.[5] The KSYL plays an important role in the planning, implementation and evaluation of this national youth policy and serves as a national youth platform to link both the governmental and nongovernmental youth-related organizations and activities in this over-all national youth policy.[5] The league is the party’s most important ideological and organizational training ground, with branches and cells wherever there are regular party organizations.[5] "Youth league cells exist in the army, factories, cooperative farms, schools, cultural institutions, and government agencies."[5]

The youth movement shifted its focus after Kim Il-sung's death and expanded its ideological indoctrination to include the "revolutionary accomplishments" of Kim Jong-il and the "brilliance" of Songun.[5]

"The KSYL, by restricting the ideological culture and organized groups of all youths, monitors any changes in the society’s way of thinking that may happen with the change of generations.[5] It also organizes all youths to be actively involved in production, construction, and military service. The KSYL plays the important role of restricting any form of opposition groups or actions among the youth of North Korea.", according to Ken E. Gause.[5]

Maintenance of Social Order Brigade

Members of the KSYL perform spot checks to see if North Koreans are maintaining ideological purity, such as wearing a Kim Il-Sung button or not wearing a T-shirt with Roman writing.[6]

See also


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