UN denounces North Korea on human rights

2011-12-20 07:29

New York - The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution denouncing widespread human rights violations in North Korea ranging from public executions to severe restrictions on freedom of expression, religion and assembly.

The General Assembly vote was scheduled before the announcement that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il had died.

The 193-member world body urged North Korea "to immediately put an end to the systematic, widespread and grave violations".

North Korea rejected the resolution, insisting there have been no such rights violations in the reclusive communist nation.

The resolution was approved on Monday by a vote of 123 - 16, with 51 abstentions.

  • Hermann - 2011-12-20 07:45

    I wonder how South Africa voted. Anybody holding their breath?

  • Graziella - 2011-12-20 08:01

    The United Nations is a failed organization that seems to promote war and inequality by being a rubber-stamp for US violence. I’m still waiting to find evidence somewhere in the world that bombing poor civilian populations of the Third World from the air is good for their voting rights, democracy, medical care, education, welfare, national debt, and enhancing personal income and wealth distribution.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-20 08:08

      Graziella, your comment is classic misdirection. The article is focused on North Korean issues. You jumped straight in with critisism of the UN and the USA. So tell us what you think of the way NK deals with its citizens and the "widespread abuse of human rights" mentioned.

      Andre - 2011-12-20 08:10

      Why should the UN or any rich country be responsible for a third world country (more of a cesspool). These down and out rat infested holes are run by dictators for decades and they have no purpose on earth other than to steal air from decent countries like the US, UK and others in europe. So get off your high horse and catch a wake up, you self righteous dunce. Its people like you who think they are entitled to everything for free...typical African!

      Graziella - 2011-12-20 08:36

      @Andre There's nothing decent about the UK and US. Ask those countries that have been at the receiving end of US/UK or NATO violence. @Squeege My point is directed at the credebility of the UN in making just decisions and being consistant in pointing out "human rights" abuses. It hasn't criticised the US for the current indiscriminate killing of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen, extra judicial killings, rendition, etc. Human rights apply here as well.

      Graziella - 2011-12-20 08:41

      Andre "These down and out rat infested holes are run by dictators for decades and they have no purpose on earth other than to steal air from decent countries like the US, UK and others in europe." Even by the standards on here, that's an extraordinarily stupid post. Congratulations.

      Thabo Chris Maphosa-Ndlovu - 2011-12-20 09:37

      I think you are just being hard on US and UN...i do not see it as a must for the western countries to assist the third world countries everytime they are in trouble...once the so called 'third world countries' get all the help they want its people like you who criticise them....they might hve their flaws bt what are countries like South Africa doin to help its fellow countries except talking.

      Graziella - 2011-12-20 09:52

      The salient point to realise about the democratic West; is that they intervene to only make the world safe for corporate plunder (nothing to do with human rights); democracy is not an option. Some people want to dominate others. To engage in domination they must have a "plan". They must convince others that their "plan" is meaningful. In the US they call it "foreign policy". US foreign policy is to dominate the world and control all of the world's valuable resources. Those who support this foreign policy believe that the policy will not only benefit Americans but will benefit everyone, especially the third world nations that are suffering from starvation, drought, disease, poverty, and violence. The US right wing admits that they believe in US exceptionalism. They see nothing wrong with that. US foreign policy that is domination and exploitation.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2011-12-20 10:17

      Graziella - I'm afraid you are some what deluded . I'd ask Libiyans and they seemed very happy with Nato assistance as well as Kuwait when Iraq invaded their country, South Korea ,Japan actually,(West) Germany. Pakistan is about as stable as dynamite , non-democratic authoritarian rule and riddled with internal conflict. Yemen is worse. Did civilians or army personal die in strikes , yes but not intentional or even indiscriminant , accidental at best. It is hard to target the militants inbetween the women and children they use as shields. There is a very big difference and why the UN hasn't pointed it so feverishly as human rights abuse especially when human rights violations are the norm in the offended country.

      Graziella - 2011-12-20 10:43

      Did you also ask the libyians that came out in their millions in support of Gaddafi prior to his death? How about asking the South Americans, or the Phillipinos, Indonesians, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Bahrainians,Iranians, Saudis, Congolese, Cubans, Angolans, Serbians, Palestinians, etc, about how the UN has protected their human rights from US and NATO agrression.

  • Louise - 2011-12-20 08:02

    I think all those North Koreans crying on tv were too petrified not to cry incase they got executed.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2011-12-20 08:30 Just have a parousal.

      anthony.weineck - 2011-12-20 08:31

      @Johnson: And you think the only form coercion can take is a gun pointed at the head? Take a moment to learn about the country and the despotic way the Kims have ruled North Korea, and then comment.

      Graziella - 2011-12-20 09:10

      The British weeped when W. Chamberlain died, so did Americans when the Kennedys died, and so will South Africans when Mandela dies.

      anthony.weineck - 2011-12-20 09:23

      @Graziella: As they should. But no one will weep out of fear, and therein lies the difference. Also, who is W. Chamberlain? I think you are confusing Neville Chamberlain with Winston Churchill.

      Graziella - 2011-12-20 09:24

      It should have been Churchill offcourse, thanks.

      Graziella - 2011-12-20 09:28

      @anthony.weineck But you have no way of knowing if they are weeping out of fear or genuine sorrow and so shouldn't be speculating based on your own prejudice.

      anthony.weineck - 2011-12-20 09:40

      Actually I have very good ways of knowing these things. People have defected from NK in the past and told their story. We don't know a lot about what goes on inside NK, but we know about the coercion, the control of the media, the sudden disappearances, the violent squashing of dissent. We know that KJI has presided over devastating famines and refused to end his nuclear program in exchange for the food his people desperately need. Oh, and I'm fairly certain that a lot of those people are weeping out of genuine sorrow. It's called a personality cult for a reason: these people have been told since they were born that their masters were literally gods, and that slavish devotion is definitely real. It is also an affront to everything good and free. They are slaves, though the manacles are forged from propaganda and fear. The violence is reserved for those who break ranks and try to flee the slave-pits.

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