It looks like things are still business as usual in North Korea:
NEW YORK: North Korea is using public executions to intimidate citizens and has imposed restrictions on long-distance calls to block news of rising food shortages, the UN investigator on human rights in the reclusive nation said yesterday.
Vitit Muntarbhorn also told the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee that North Korea had imposed more severe sanctions on people seeking to leave the country and on those forcibly returned, and still detained “very large numbers” of people in camps. (…)
Mr Muntarbhorn cited the “great disparity” in the access to food by the country’s elite and the rest of the population, non-existent political participation, rigid control over the media and those professing religious beliefs, and the persecution of dissidents.
Mr Muntarbhorn added: “Some inhabitants watch clandestinely video and TV programs from the South, but in 2008 there were reports of crackdowns on South Korean videos.
“From information received, the authorities have imposed restrictions on long-distance telephone calls to block the spreading of news concerning the current food shortage.
“Particularly disconcerting is the use of public executions to intimidate the public,” he said. “This is despite various law reforms in 2004 and 2005, which claim to have improved the criminal law framework and related sanctions.”
Mr Muntarbhorn said persecution of people professing their faith was “pervasive, with families sent to prison for adhering to religious beliefs”.
His remarks to the committee and to reporters coincided with a warning from the head of the UN food agency in North Korea that millions faced a food crisis.
Jean-Pierre de Margerie, the World Food Program’s country director, said some areas in the northeast were facing “a humanitarian emergency” and that about 2.7million people on the west coast would run out of food this month. [The Australian]
These executions have been going on for years and a Japanese television station was actually able to smuggle out video of one of these public executions taking place. I went over to the Amnesty International webpage to see if they bothered issuing any report condemning North Korea over this recent UN report and of course there is nothing posted.
The front page of the site however has a picture from Amnesty’s Wear Orange Day nonsense and a link to their site promoting the closing of the Guatanamo Bay Prison Facility. Once again Amnesty is more concerned with freeing terrorists then closing gulags in North Korea. On their North Korea specific site, it has posted nothing new in regards to North Korean human rights and in fact hasn’t issued any reports at all since April.
However, if you go to their South Korea site they have a long running list of reports condemning the South Korean government for human rights violations due to the mad cow protests all the way up to this month. It is incredible that a so called human rights organization would rather advocate for these crazy cow protesters which have long ago proven to be frauds, then advocate for the North Korean people who legitimately suffer from the worst human rights conditions in the world.