By Jonathan Reynoso
The world’s most isolated country is wanted for crimes against humanity, reports Reuters Monday. In a United Nations report beginning this week Western and Asian powers have sought international justice for atrocities in North Korea. However, the chances of influencing the nation are reported to be slim.
U.N. investigators agreed that North Korean security chiefs and even Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un should face trial for ordering torture, starvation and killings that parallel with Nazi-era atrocities. The reports of a prison camp come from escaped victims, defectors and witnesses. They demanded closure of a camp holding an estimated 120,000 people and action by the International Criminal Court (ICC). “The fact that these violations are now deemed to be crimes against humanity triggers the responsibility of the international community to reposed,” Julie de Rivero of Human Rights Watch told Reuters. “It might be a long route but steps need to be taken.”
Reuters reports that bringing Kim to justice will remain a slow, difficult task particularly “because Pyongyang's ally China has veto powers at the Security Council which would have to refer crimes in North Korea to the ICC.” On Monday, Huffington Post reported that China dismissed the U.N. report of North Korea’s Crimes. Chen Chuandong, a counselor at China’s mission in Geneva, that the accusations by the U.N. were “divorced from reality.” “The inability of the commission to get support and cooperation form the country concerned makes it impossible for the commission to carry out its mandate in an impartial, objective and effective manner.” Chen said.
Retired Australian judge Michael Kirby lead the debate by challenging the U.N. to act. “Contended with the scourges of Nazism, apartheid, the Khmer Rouge and other affronts required courage by great nations and ordinary humans beings alike,” Kirby said.
North Korean Ambassador, So Se Pyong rejected the report, calling it a ridiculous provocation generated by the United States, who he said should be investigated for their own human rights records.