North Korea called for the retraction of a UN Commission Of Inquiry (COI) report condemning Pyongyang’s human rights record and for an apology from the U.S. for “campaigning” against the country in an editorial published on Thursday.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) commentary is one of several recently published articles criticizing the COI following revelations that high-profile defector Shin Dong-hyuk had changed elements of his story and testimony to the UN.
“This brought to light once again the absurdity and reactionary nature of the U.S.-led anti -DPRK ‘human rights’ racket,” the editorial said.
“The U.S.-led hostile forces should make an apology for cooking up the anti-DPRK ‘resolution’ based on lies told by Sin (Shin) and other betes noires and retract it at once,” it added.
North Korea has consistently refuted the findings of the 372-page COI report, which charged extreme human rights abuses within the country alleged to amount to crimes against humanity.
Pyongyang claims that many of the defectors who testified to the COI lied and commonly refers to them in state media as “human scum.”
Thursday’s editorial claims that Shin’s revelations prove defector testimony cannot be trusted and that the COI report is not credible, despite the fact that more than 200 other witnesses testified during the inquiry.
“The confession of the ‘defector from the north’ again clearly proved that all the remarks made by ‘defectors’ in ambiguous manner are unbelievable and the ‘report of the Inquiry Commission’ is no more than a conspiratorial document,” it said.
The editorial also singled out the chair of the COI, Michael Kirby, and leveled homophobic abuse at the former judge, something it has done previously to discredit his work.
“As far as the former chairman of the ‘Inquiry Commission’ Kirby is concerned, he is an old sexual maniac who earned an ill-fame for his decades-long homosexuality,” the article read.
“He is also a heinous anti-DPRK confrontation element with an inveterate bad habit of interpreting its system in a Nazi manner,” it added, referring to previous comments from Kirby drawing parallels between North Korea and Nazi Germany.
Fellow COI commissioner and current Special Rapporteur for North Korean human rights Marzuki Darusman was also criticized.
“Darusman is an opportunist who became a member of the Golkar party in Indonesia, which earned an ill-fame by murdering with the CIA help 500,000 communists and people linked to leftist and labor circles in 1965,” the editorial read.
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