North Korean state media on Friday issued a lengthy response criticizing the recent anti-Pyongyang UN General Assembly resolution, citing Western skeptics of human rights reports.
The 4,000-word report by the Korean Central News Agency, entitled “Detailed Report on Secret behind Anti-DPRK “Human Rights Resolution” Released,” quotes the DPRK Association for Human Rights Studies as saying the resolution is “draconian,” full of falsehoods and “a product of the U.S. strategy to bring down the socialist system centered on the popular masses under the pretext of human rights.”
Much of the report consists of North Korea’s past measures to implement “genuine” human rights, including dialogue with and visits from Amnesty International and the International Association against Torture and assorted officials from other countries.
It also criticizes the lengthy UN Commission of Inquiry report on human rights in the North. The report is largely based on the testimony of North Korean defectors, whom the KCNA report says “fled (the North) after committing crimes here or were abducted.”
“The ‘report’ claims that (COI) members met about 300 ‘witnesses’ in different countries,” it reads. “But among them there was not a single citizen of the DPRK and none of the members of CI has ever visited our country.”
The COI report stated that the commission sought the DPRK’s cooperation and was denied.
The KCNA report quotes a pair of Westerners, also, who cast doubt on recent claims by defector Yeonmi Park, whose testimony has attracted international attention.
“Swiss businessman Felix Abt who had worked in north Korea for seven years till 2009 asserted that most of the stories told by those defectors from the north were not confirmed and clearly hyped or they were sheer lies,” it said.
It also quotes Michael Bassett, an analyst on Korean affairs and former U.S. Army officer, as accusing Park of lying and following a narrative pushed by Freedom Factory, a Seoul-based free market think tank.
Quotes from Abt and Bassett were based on a story published in the Diplomat in late October.
Organizations from Brazil and France were also quoted criticizing the COI.
As with this report, North Korea frequently states that criticisms of its human rights record are attempts to harm its dignity, undermine its socialist system and deprive it of independence.
Picture: Rodong Sinmun
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