Daily Headline – 22/03/13

UN; human rights political ploy over North Korea

Korean WarYes, another North Korea post! It’s not our obsession but things are extremely tense on the Korean peninsula and there is a lot of media attention.

This time the United Nations (UN) has voted to investigate North Korean human rights abuses.
No, this is not a joke. For over 65 years North Korea has been abusing the human rights of its citizens but for some reason the UN has decided now would be a good time to investigate.

The fact that North Korea and the US seem to be gearing up for military confrontation is surely just a coincidence that the UN has made this decision… I think not.

Does the UN need political motivation before it starts investigating and taking action against human rights abuses? If so then surely it’s not fit for purpose!

The BBC reports:
“UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the UN had evidence indicating that North Korea’s political prisons held around 200,000 people, with many subjected to rape, torture and slave labour.”

So the UN can tell when North Korea develops nuclear warheads underground but only now has been able to tell that human rights are being abused? Disgraceful.

UN Human-rights

There are 30 ‘articles‘ of human rights, how many are North Korea abusing?

Of course without proof and evidence it is hard to say but I suspect the violations would include:

Article 2
Article 3
Article 5
Article 9
Article 11
Article 12
Article 13
Article 18
Article 19
Article 20
Article 23

So that’s 11 violations out of 30.

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