North Korea releases list of U.S. ‘human rights abuses’: ‘The U.S. is a living hell’

The United States isn’t the only nation on the receiving end of North Korea’s criticism. According to Daily NK, state newspaper Rodong Sinmun announced on Wednesday that North Korea has released a white paper criticizing human rights in South Korea. The report argues that the South has the worst human rights situation in the world, and it’s “deprived of everything thanks to America.”

In February, the United Nations released a remarkably comprehensive report on North Korea’s human rights abuses. The report interviewed 320 people, including a number of survivors from the notorious secret political system, and concluded that the country was committing human rights violations “without any parallel in the contemporary world.”

So how did North Korea respond? With indignant anger. For weeks now, North Korean state media have been offering various retorts to the United Nations. In April, a North Korean spokesman argued that the United States and its allies were running a “human rights racket.” Then, a few weeks later, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a commentary questioning how a gay man could lead an investigation into human rights.

This week, however, North Korea unveiled a new strategy: Releasing its own human rights reports on the West.

On Wednesday, KCNA released an article titled “News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in U.S.” It brought up a number of points, including racial discrimination, unemployment, surveillance and poverty. “The U.S. is the world’s worst human right abuser and tundra of a human being’s rights to existence,” the essay concludes.


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