By Erik Crouch
Image from Korean Central News Agency via CNN
North Korean citizens are “happy with pride and honor that they have one of the best systems for promotion and protection of human rights in the world,” according to the DPRK representative at the UN human rights council. This statement was presumably followed by quite a bit of uncomfortable silence in the UN, where delegates had met to examine the regime’s nasty habits of “depriving people of food, arbitrary detentions and heavy restrictions on freedom of expression [and] as many as 200,000 people [who] are being held in a network of prison camps in North Korea that the regime is believed to use to crush political dissent.”
The DPRK’s trolling at the UN didn’t go unnoticed. Julie de Rivero of Human Rights Watch supported the UN’s new crack-down, and stated:
This long awaited inquiry will help expose decades of abuse by the North Korean government […] The establishment of this commission sends a strong message to Pyongyang that the world is watching and its abuses must end.
The UN’s new sanctions, combined with legal action from groups like Human Rights Watch, have no mercy for Kim Jong-un’s wonky, zany antics, and tend to focus more on the “prison-state hell-hole” side of the DPRK. To each his own.