North Korea to skip UN Human Rights Council
North Korea will no longer attend any UN Human Rights Council sessions focused on the communist country and will ignore decisions of the UN body, Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong says.
The Geneva-based body ‘has been turned into a mechanism full of politicization’ by hostile Western powers, the chief diplomat of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said at a session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
North Korea possesses a nuclear deterrent and a strong military, and these ‘constitute major reasons that drive those ill-minded forces to be hell-bent on a human rights racket against the DPRK,’ Ri said.
A panel of UN investigators reported in February 2014 that gross human rights violations taking place in North Korea amounted to crimes against humanity. Their report listed evidence of mass imprisonment, killings, torture, rape, and deliberate starvation.
The Human Rights Council reacted by calling on the UN Security Council to consider sanctions and international prosecution of North Korean leaders for crimes against humanity.
Testimonies by defectors from North Korea resulted from ‘plot-breeding organizations’ in Japan, South Korea and the United States who were abducting and paying these defectors to fabricate reports about violations, Ri charged.
There were no human rights violations in his country comparable to the thousands of annual deaths among gun violence victims in the US and among refugees trying to reach to Europe, nor had his country killed millions of civilians like Japan did in World War II, he said.
The US, its Western allies and Japan were eager for the new sanctions to be speedily put in place, and pushed for them to be as wide-ranging as possible.
But China made clear that it did not want to impose measures that could jeopardise the stability of North Korea and cause its economy to collapse.
The UN resolution emphasises that the new sanctions are not intended to lead to “adverse humanitarian consequences” for civilians, many of whom face financial hardships and shortages of food.
North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket in February and a nuclear test in January were widely condemned as a flagrant violation of UN resolutions.
North Korea earlier said it would no longer take part in UN Human Rights Council sessions examining its rights record.
Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong accused the council of “politicisation, selectivity and double standards” and of “singling out” North Korea for criticism.
The UN council has repeatedly criticised North Korea over its treatment of its citizens.
The North insists its missile programme is purely scientific in nature, but the US, South Korea and even its ally China say such rocket launches are aimed at developing inter-continental ballistic missiles.
no fucks were given by north korea..
significantly, china agreed..