• search

North Korea condemns UN human rights vote

Written by: Staff

SEOUL, Nov 20 (Reuters) North Korea rejected a UN resolution that condemned its human rights record, a spokesman from its Foreign Ministry said today.

A UN General Assembly panel rebuked North Korea last Friday for human rights abuses. Members passed a draft resolution criticising the North for torture, public executions and rights violations by a vote of 91-21, with 60 abstentions.

''We categorically reject the recent 'human rights resolution' as a product of their anti-DPRK (North Korea) political plot,'' the North's official KCNA news agency cited the spokesman as saying.

''The US and other hostile forces are sadly mistaken if they think they can frighten us by debasing and slandering the inviolable dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK over its 'human rights issue','' the spokesman said.

North Korea often uses statements from Foreign Ministry spokesmen for some of its highest-level communications with the outside world.

The UN resolution criticises North Korea for a wide variety of abuses, such as ''torture and other cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,'' arbitrary detention, the death penalty for political reasons and the extensive use of forced labour as well as deplorable conditions in prison camps.

North Korea bristles at any criticism of its human rights record, saving some of its most heated rhetoric for those who challenge how the reclusive state treats its citizens.

Over the weekend, it said in an official media report that South Korea threatened peace on the peninsula by supporting the measure and casting its first ever UN vote to chastise its neighbour for human rights abuses.


For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more