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United Nations: We Should Prosecute North Korea at ICC For “Crimes Against Humanity”
Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2014 | Daniel Doherty

Posted on 02/17/2014 11:32:06 AM PST by Kaslin

The late journalist Christopher Hitchens once suggested that it was as if Kim Il Sung -- the founder and “Eternal President” of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) -- had read George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel “1984,” and then tried to bring it to life. That was one of his first thoughts, he said, after visiting the country.

North Korea, as most people know, is probably the most impoverished and terrorized police state on the face of the earth. Unspeakable atrocities happen there every single day. And now, in a new report, the UN is using its perch to say its leaders must be held accountable, and brought to justice:

A United Nations report being released in Geneva today has, for the first time, condemned North Korea for systematic rights violations amounting to crimes against humanity, according to leaked information by the Associated Press. Rights activists welcomed the commission's findings but acknowledge prosecution of North Korean leaders is not likely any time soon.

A U.N. Commission of Inquiry said rights abuses in North Korea are widespread, systematic, and designed to maintain political power.

It declared the leadership in North Korea guilty of Crimes Against Humanity and urges prosecution at the International Criminal Court.

Even before details were released Monday on the three-man panel's historic one-year investigation, leaks to the media showed it found gross violations.

The revelations in this report are hair-raising but not all that surprising. The Kim family’s crimes (most recently, perhaps, the murder of Kim Jong Un’s own uncle) are widely reported in the media and documented by escapees and survivors alike. But the UN’s decision to shine a brighter light on the regime’s evil crimes is not insignificant; if anything, this report will only raise more questions about Kim & Co.'s ruthlessness, and their wanton disregard for human rights:

They include summary executions, rape, torture, forced abortions and enslavement.

The U.N. report said religious minorities and political dissidents suffer the most, with up to 120,000 living in town-sized prison camps.

Lee Jung-hoon, South Korea's Ambassador for Human Rights, said the U.N. report is the first reliable and legal evidence of atrocities in North Korea. He said the report also specifies that North Korea’s crimes can be labeled as genocide, which means the crime can be applied to the leadership of North Korea, including Kim Jong Un. There are no exemptions to this crime, Lee said. So, even if the two Koreas are reunified within 5, 10 or 50 years, the leaders of North Korea can still be punished.

The U.N. commission's findings were based on satellite imagery and interviews with more than 80 witnesses. Many of them were defectors who survived prison camps and escaped across the border and through China.

But that’s unlikely to happen:

Despite the call for prosecution, there is little chance North Korean leaders will face justice.

A U.N. Security Council decision would be needed to send the case to the International Criminal Court, and North Korea's main backer, China, has veto power.

During the investigation, Beijing ignored the U.N. panel's request to visit its border area with North Korea.

Regime change is another option, of course, but I suspect the public wouldn't entertain that course of action. So while this report is certainly a positive step forward, what -- if any -- meaningful changes will come of it remain to be seen.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; northkorea; pyongyang; republicofkorea; uselessnations

1 posted on 02/17/2014 11:32:06 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I’m sure North Korea cares what the U.N. thinks. North Korea doesn’t care what anybody thinks. That’s probably about the only good thing I can say about that evil empire.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 11:35:14 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: Kaslin

The UN has accomplished little besides ENSURING, with certainty, that the NORK regime will fight to the death.


3 posted on 02/17/2014 11:35:16 AM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Kaslin

I am sure a strongly worded letter will fix everything. lol.


4 posted on 02/17/2014 11:35:20 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin

Kim & Co.’s ruthlessness, and their wanton disregard for human rights:

They include summary executions, rape, torture, forced abortions and enslavement.


Kim better knock it off or the UN will send him a strongly worded letter!


5 posted on 02/17/2014 11:35:40 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: Kaslin

Hey but come on, Dennis Rodman and Carter will vouch for him.


6 posted on 02/17/2014 11:36:45 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Kaslin; windcliff

“You go right ahead and do that, Tony pal.” —Jackie Gleason, “The Honeymooners”


7 posted on 02/17/2014 11:37:18 AM PST by onedoug
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To: GeronL

40 years too late


8 posted on 02/17/2014 11:37:20 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: GeronL

or maybe just a Good Talking-to. Good job for Kerry.


9 posted on 02/17/2014 11:40:00 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob

Maybe Lurch can go in a Woodrow Wilson costume.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 11:41:21 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Kaslin

Sure, right after you try Tony Blair and George Bush...


11 posted on 02/17/2014 11:42:32 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Kaslin

What exactly happens when the ICC “prosecutes” a country? I know the short answer is — nothing. But there are lots of hearings and speeches. NK would not show up. I think they should “prosecute” NK so the world sees what happens when the UN “acts”.


12 posted on 02/17/2014 11:42:52 AM PST by plain talk
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To: ltc8k6

Anyone remember the calls for the ICC to prosecute George and Tony?


13 posted on 02/17/2014 11:43:13 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: PapaNew

North Korea is still Red China’s puppet; they care very much what they think.


14 posted on 02/17/2014 11:46:34 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: ltc8k6

I hope you are joking


15 posted on 02/17/2014 11:51:34 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

If Nork isn’t a signatory to International Whatever TF then let Kim swim...erh, fat pudgy boy float ...


16 posted on 02/17/2014 11:59:04 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Kaslin

No, they wanted to prosecute them for the war.

They tried repeatedly. Dick Cheney as well.


17 posted on 02/17/2014 12:03:57 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Kaslin; ltc8k6
I hope you are joking

The joke is the ICC, UN and whom they prosecute.

NK would be a first at getting it right.

18 posted on 02/17/2014 12:23:12 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: kearnyirish2

China wishes that were true. NK is its crazy brother who won’t work, drinks all day and constantly borrows money, pretending he will pay it back.


19 posted on 02/17/2014 12:27:43 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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20 posted on 02/17/2014 12:37:50 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dsrtsage

Why we must invade North Korea:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/we-must-invade-north-korea/


21 posted on 02/17/2014 12:41:01 PM PST by golux
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To: GeronL

* I am sure a strongly worded letter will fix everything. *

The UN says, “STOP!”...or I shall say, “Stop” again.


22 posted on 02/17/2014 12:44:32 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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23 posted on 02/17/2014 12:44:35 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: AppyPappy

Red China feeds and arms North Korea; they are the dagger Red China can use for leverage.


24 posted on 02/17/2014 12:53:49 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: ltc8k6

Yes they sure did. I misunderstood you and thought you meant they should have prosecuted them, but then to the left liberating a country from a ruthless dictator and evil regime is a crime


25 posted on 02/17/2014 1:16:41 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: kearnyirish2

Pretty lame and expensive dagger if you ask me.


26 posted on 02/17/2014 1:19:04 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: AppyPappy

“Pretty lame and expensive dagger if you ask me.”

It is used (successfully) to wring concessions from the West for Red China (the good cop, bad cop game). It isn’t lame to South Korea or Japan.


27 posted on 02/17/2014 1:20:23 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Kaslin

Go after him for “Global Warming” crimes. The UN is an expert in this arena.


28 posted on 02/17/2014 1:29:38 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
A United Nations report being released in Geneva today has, for the first time, condemned North Korea for systematic rights violations amounting to crimes against humanity, according to leaked information by the Associated Press. Rights activists welcomed the commission's findings but acknowledge prosecution of North Korean leaders is not likely any time soon.
Issue a warrant, and demand that he turn himself in. Yeah, that'll work. Thanks Kaslin.
29 posted on 02/17/2014 4:20:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Kaslin

They are still trying to get Blair into that court...


30 posted on 02/17/2014 4:22:08 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: eyedigress
No such luck, North Korea probably has the smallest carbon footprint in Asia. Ever see the satellite photo taken over Korea at night, where all the cities and highways of South Korea are brightly lit up, while the only light in North Korea is a barely visible grey smudge marking Pyongyang?


31 posted on 02/17/2014 5:43:47 PM PST by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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