UN Denounces North Korea’s ”Gross” Crimes Against Humanity

  • “the gravity, scale, and nature of [the DPRK’s] violations reveal a state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world...”
  • "The DPRK government seeks and, in many ways, has achieved total control over the lives of the North Korean people.
  • North Korea is also accused of using the global coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to violate it's citizen's basic rights.

Over half of the 15 member states of the UN Security Council on Friday denounced in a joint statement the constant crimes against humanity that take place in North Korea as a result of “policies established from the highest level of the Kim Jong Un led administration.” 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks to officials at a machine plant in Pyongyang. North Korea is to publish its own report saying its human rights record is ‘bright and rosy’

“The gravity, scale, and nature of [the DPRK’s] violations reveal a state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world” and that those crimes are committed “pursuant to policies established at the highest level of the State.” said the ambassador of Germany in the UN, Christoph Heusgen in a statement.

The statement, also signed by Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Japan, is the result of the UN commission of inquiry for North Korea and was released shortly after a  closed session of the Security Council held to discuss the situation in the country.

Women Major Victims

The eight countries also denounced in their statement that an estimated  100,000 people in North Korea, including children, remain imprisoned in camps where they are subjected to torture, forced labor, executions, starvation, sexual and gender-based violence, and other forms of inhumane treatment. 

Many of the prisoners, they point out, are in these camps under the “guilt-by-association system, which brutaly targets  up to three generations of the same family, including children, to be imprisoned along with the accused.”

“The DPRK government seeks and, in many ways, has achieved total control over the lives of the North Korean people. Defectors have reported that everyone age 12 and older are required to attend public executions, which serve to frighten citizens in as far as the consequences of opposing the government are concerned.”

The freedom of expression, association, movement or religion are “so restricted in practice are nonexistent, ” which has led to tens of thousands of North Koreans to flee the country, says the UN, while nations by passing on their flight are obliged to repatriate those seeking asylum.

The UN commission concluded that many of the violations constituted crimes against humanity.

Upon their forced return to the country, the report adds, they are victims of “torture, sexual violence, imprisonment, forced abortions and, in some cases, executions.”

North Korea is also accused of using the global coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to violate it’s citizen’s basic rights.

“We are deeply disturbed by a reported uptick in executions related to COVID-19, as well as strict controls on movement in and around the capital. and its surroundings,” says this group of countries led by Germany, adding that North Korea’s violation of human rights poses a serious threat to international peace and security

For that reason, they demand that the country abandon its nuclear weapons and its ballistic weapons programs in a completely verifiable and irreversible manner in accordance with the relevant resolution of the Security Council.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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