World must act on North Korea rights abuse, says UN report

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The international community must act on evidence that crimes against humanity are being committed in North Korea, says a long-awaited UN report.

A panel of experts mandated by the UN's Human Rights Council said North Koreans had suffered "unspeakable atrocities", and that those responsible, including leader Kim Jong-un, must face justice.

The panel heard evidence of torture, political repression and other crimes.

Pyongyang refused to co-operate with the report and rejects its conclusions.

The UN commission said Mr Kim had failed to respond to an advance copy of the report, and a letter which warned him he could be held personally responsible for abuses.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I really feel for all North Koreans…I’m glad UN is finally taking some public notice…I’ve thought that North Korea doesn’t have Oil so the West was very slow to react if ever…Their Nuke is quite recent so what’s been the big delay ?…I watched a horrid expose of the Regime in 1994 from Channel 4 – that’s 20 years of people dying that I’ve known about it …

    I thought it was great that defectors have been sending USB’s and I.Pods over the borders inside balloons to give the people information and news…. One day those Kims will die forever…I wish for the peoples freedom so much…. I Want More….. for them

    http://youtu.be/i-31Y59Ow3U

    • In reply to #1 by Light Wave:

      I really feel for all North Koreans…I’m glad UN is finally taking some public notice…I’ve thought that North Korea doesn’t have Oil so the West was very slow to react if ever…Their Nuke is quite recent so what’s been the big delay ?

      China. Veto on the Security Council :-(

      Michael

  2. Change North Korea for Vatican and you get some sense of the improbability of anybody doing anything. They are both the subject of UN reports on human rights abuses. Exactly how is the world going to act? North Korea won’t move on until the North Koreans hazard themselves and it will be a bloody mess but there is the human condition. Few if any countries have made major changes from totalitarianist states or absolute monarchies without counting the cost in human lives, whether it be their own or someone elses.

  3. “Too many times in this building there are reports and no action. Well this is a time for action.”

    Huh! Good luck with that. The UN is nothing but a talkfest and has, for instance bowed to the OIC by passing a virtual blasphemy resolution.

    Short of declaring war there’s nothing to be done re N Korea; I see the cult of personality having eerie parallels with Muhammad worship.

  4. After the holocaust we said never again and have repeated those two words many times since. Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Syria, Sudan, etc… Never again, but it happens all the time. Sadly, I don’t think anything will really change unless Kim Jong-un goes completely crazy and starts firing nukes at South Korea or something of similar proportions. The only positive thing is that if we were to liberate the people in these concentration camps no one can say that we didn’t know with a straight face. The evidence is all out there for us to see. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people are imprisoned, tortured and even killed for no other reason that they irritate a spoiled little brat named Kim. He really is the real life version of Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones.

    • In reply to #9 by Nunbeliever:

      He really is the real life version of Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones.

      The comparison never occurred to me. It is quite accurate. A hopelessly spoiled, twisted, haughty, self-absorbed, insecure, sadistic little shit with not an ounce of moral or physical courage. On top of all that, he’s not a very nice person. He reminds me of a certain divine personality in that famous book from the bronze age.

      They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Perhaps this is the reason why the “head honchos” of monotheistic belief systems are such unsavory characters?

  5. So, let’s see – North Korea is a violator of “human rights” and should be taken to the International Criminal Court, because it:

    • Conducts surveillance on its own citizens (like the NSA, CIA, FBI and every other ‘intelligence’ agency in the world – not to mention Google and Facebook);

    • Bans them from travel (how many USans not in the employment of the government or of US-State-Department-funded “democracy spreading” NGOs ever get into Cuba?);

    • Tortures them (waterboarding and the stuff MI6 or ASIS do is too easy – what about ordinary prisons, mental institutions or even orphanages?);

    • Banishes them to isolated prison camps where they are held incommunicado (again Gitmo and the CIA “black sites” are too easy – what about the “collar the lot” attitude in WWII, which saw jews, trade unionists, social democrats and others locked up with genuine ‘enemies’ on the basis of their names and birthplaces?);

    • Discriminates against those who are “ideologically suspect” (How many communist newspaper editors, high-level government or union officials, police or military officers or academics do you know?);.

    Any state, particularly one trying to entrench a new socio-economic paradigm, will violate “human rights” to do so – Washington massacred those who took part in Shay’s Rebellion, Cromwell eliminated the Diggers and the Levellers.

    Moreover, as far as we know – and I’m sure we’d be told in no uncertain terms – North Korea does not do extrajudicial assassinations by drone, support vile anti-democratic and “human-rights-violating” theocracies like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, spread christian religious filth throughout Africa or back mediaevalist barbarians in Afghanistan, Syria and much of Africa and fascist hooligans in Europe.

    In fact, the Kims preside over a state that has been under constant threat – of conventional aggression and nuclear annihilation (at least ten overt nuclear threats and probably many more covert ones) – from Uncle Sam and his ‘allies’ since the end of WWII. Moreover
    it is the most sanctioned state on the planet – from the moment it imposed a total embargo on exports to North Korea three days after the Korean War began in June 1950, the US has maintained an uninterrupted regimen of economic, financial, and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea, involving everything from oil and food to financial services and medical supplies. No wonder they have an “Army First” policy (1) – if the Kims could protect me from the dubious charms of McDonalds, Hollywood, right-wing radio and fundamentalist christianity, I’d probably worship them too!

    This ‘Report,’ demonizing yet another state that refuses to bow the knee and participate in Wall Street’s “globalized economy” is simply another piece in Uncle Sam’s “Great Game.” The aim is to surround and cripple Russia before bringing down the Big Prize – China, with its resources, its immense labour force and potential market of 1.3 billion – and inaugurating a worldwide capitalist ‘paradise’ where a fortunate few lord it over immiserated billions.

    And ‘Spanky’ Moon hails from South Korea, a country where the “ideological impurity” of expressing admiration for the North (or for any form of ‘socialism’) can get you imprisoned for life!


    (1) Unremitting military pressure from the capitalist world forces socialist economies to maintain punishingly high expenditures on defence. Massive defence expenditures divert critical resources from the civilian economy, retarding economic growth. At the same time, trade and financial sanctions heap further harm on the economy. Economic dislocations disrupt food supplies, make life harsh for many, and breed discontent. Discontent in turn engenders political opposition, which is beaten back and contained by measures of repression and restriction of civic and political liberties. In response, capitalism’s democratic, christian warriors disingenuously deplore socialism’s military expenditures at a time their citizens “are starving,” denounce weapons programmes as ‘provocations’ (rather than defences against imperialist military threats), dishonestly attribute the economic difficulties of these countries to allegedly inherent weaknesses in public ownership and central planning (rather than sanctions and financial strangulation) and chastise them for repressive measures to check dissent (ultimately traceable to imperialist pressures).

    • In reply to #11 by Sally:

      So, let’s see – North Korea is a violator of “human rights” and should be taken to the International Criminal Court, because it:

      • Conducts surveillance on its own citizens (like the NSA, CIA, FBI and every other ‘intelligence’ agency in the world – not to mention Google and Facebook);

      • Bans them…

      What? Are you really defending North Korea? You say that it’s our fault in the west, that countless of innocent people (and their relatives) are being tortured and imprisoned in North Korea for no good reason at all.

      Let me see if I get this right (it’s quite hard to make sense out of your bizarre comment). Because North Korea has been under constant threat, we should understand that poor little Kim has to torture and kill his own citizens and keep the rest of the population as prisoners in their own country. Meanwhile he is living a lavish life of unimaginable luxury. I mean, these people suffering and starving to death are actually fortunate. They are after all protected from the evils of McDonald’s and Hollywood.

      You are a good example of how political activism can turn to madness. I despise many aspects of the US government as well. I think USA, in recent years, has made some terrible decisions regarding their foreign policy. I find their domestic policies almost equally appalling. Nonetheless, to defend possibly the most oppressive and cruel regime in the world is pure madness. You are so blinded by your rage and hate for USA that you see them as guilty of all evils on this earth. Heck, you will even defend North Korea as a way of getting back at USA.

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