From Yahoo News:
Defectors shine light on horrors of
".....As a boy, Joseph Kim could only watch helplessly, he says, as he saw his father "wither and die" in the isolated country's devastating famine in the 1990s, which led to the tragic disintegration of his once "loving" family.
The two young defectors gave a rare and heartbreaking insight into what they described as lives of deprivation, hunger and abuse in
during an event at the
State Department to mark Human Rights Day." North Korea
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So we see the
State Department mark Human Rights Day by taking aim at its favorite wiping boy
Democratic People's Republic of (North) . I don't claim that the DPRK
has an absolutely perfect record on human rights, or that it is significantly
better on human rights than the Korea .
But after all the police
shootings of unarmed black people and the
findings of CIA torture of prisoners, this campaign is ridiculous. US
It seems strange to me that no one in the State Department seems to realize how ridiculous the country looks to the critical eye of citizens such as myself. I also can't help wondering how many non-US citizens from the rest of the world see this and wonder how this nation and its government can be so obtuse.
But they can. Maybe it is simply a matter of not facing reality. The
US's real main
objection to DPRK is that the country has outlasted the cold war without being subjugated
empire. There is a big chunk of real estate the US simply can't get its hands on.
The DPRK government is able to reject the usual bullying from a bellowing
A country such as mine, (US) that pays so little attention to its on citizens' rights, and those of its imperialist subjects, can only shed crocodile tears over these human rights abuses. -សតិវ អតុ
Naturally the DPRK has its own take on the US and it phony Human Rights Day events:
News From KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY of DPRK(Democratic People's Republic of
Rodong Sinmun Ridicules
"Human Rights U.S.
From Rodong Sinmun, commentary.
Since the emergence of the state, racial discrimination has been an abscess of the
Racist laws in force in the
at present whip up extreme social atmosphere of discriminating against the
colored races. U.S.
Deplorable is the fact that policemen of the country top the list of all human rights abuses and racial discrimination though they are obliged to protect the rights of the residents and put its society in good order.
It is stark reality of the
that even soldiers are involved in suppressing the people who turned out in
demonstration against racism. U.S.
The great irony is that the
worst human rights abuser, is trumpeting about "human rights
protection" and "improved human rights." U.S.
The world public advises the
to mind its own business, aware of its awkward position. U.S.
It had better get more serious about its reactionary, unpopular and corrupt social system than taking "pain" to settle the "human rights issue" of someone.