December 08, 2021

North Korea rails against UN special rapporteur for criticizing COVID controls

Defense of strict border measures comes after Tomás Ojea Quintana raised alarm over DPRK’s isolation and food shortages

A North Korean official defended the country’s COVID-19 controls on Tuesday against claims that they are harming its citizens’ human rights, insisting that its stringent measures are reflective of “people-first politics.”

The remarks come after Tomás Ojea Quintana, the U.N. special rapporteur for North Korean human rights, warned in a report to the U.N. General Assembly that the country’s “draconian” efforts to prevent COVID-19 from entering the country have contributed to its worst-ever isolation and food shortages, among other problems.