Skip to comments.UN Human Rights Council: It's Time to Prosecute Kim Jong Un, et al
Posted on 03/28/2014 12:36:52 PM PDT by Kaslin
The ruthless policies put in place by the sociopathic Kim dynasty years ago have systemically killed millions. Famine, enslavement, forced abortion and mass executions are par for the course in North Korea, according to a UN special report released last month; on Friday, however, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the findings, concluding that its high time for the perpetrators of these atrocities to be prosecuted:
The UN Human Rights Council sent a clear message on March 28, 2014 that North Korean leaders should be brought to justice through Security Council action.
The Human Rights Council, in a resolution, endorsed the report of its Commission of Inquiry on North Korea, released on March 17, which found that crimes against humanity have been committed for decades under policies established at the highest level of the North Korean government. The council urged the UN General Assembly to formally submit the report to the Security Council. The resolution said that the Security Council should refer North Korea to an international criminal court for possible prosecutions of its leaders, and to consider imposing targeted sanctions against those most responsible for abuses.
How significant is this resolution? The Geneva Director of Human Rights Watch called it a game changer:
The Human Rights Councils response to the Commission of Inquiry findings is a total game changer for the UNs relations with North Korea, said Julie de Rivero, Geneva director at Human Rights Watch. Now the UN Security Council and the General Assembly need to determine how to bring North Koreas leaders to justice for their human rights crimes.
Therein lies the question: How does the UN rein in a regime that has operated independently and with impunity for decades? The newest leader of this dynastic personality cult is not merely forcing men to wear his haircut now; he executed his own uncle last year and is reportedly more unpredictable, more dangerous, and harder to read than his predecessor, as one CNN columnist put it. His unbridled pursuit of nuclear weapons at the expense of his own people makes him even more unstable, too. So how, exactly, will the UN prosecute Kim and his inner circle?
For what its worth, the resolution passed overwhelmingly, but again, the details of how to depose this tyrant have yet to be released:
The resolution was adopted by 30 votes against 6, with 11 abstentions. The resolution condemned violations in North Korea in the strongest terms and called on the UN to establish a field-based structure to continue monitoring and raising public awareness about the human rights situation in North Korea.
The Commission of Inquiry has concluded its work and now passed the baton to the larger United Nations system, which needs to continue to fulfil its responsibility to document and expose rights abuses in North Korea, de Rivero said. There should be no let-up in international pressure for justice in North Korea to ensure that victims suffering will never be forgotten.
Agreed. These are important steps, I suppose. But I also suspect it will take a lot more than resolutions and sanctions to prosecute a despot as cruel as Kim Jong Un.
With all that’s going on right now, this is what they came up with to sound off about?
Where have they been for the last 60 plus years?
Talk about your irrelevant world body...
But don’t let that make you think communism is a bad idea!
Totalitarianism is good for the environment!
All you have to do is trust the government and give them all the power an they will take care of you!
It is difficult to prosecute someone with nuclear weapons and a standing army at their back. GLTY UN!
Sure... they’ll prosecute Kim. And just who goes in and rounds him up?
The rest of the world could quit selling them food for one thing. Matters would quickly sort themselves out.
No. They are finally even more senile. He has absolute control over a nuclear arsenal.
Let them actually take some concrete steps and then I'll believe they've finally woken up. But you know as well as I do that even if they get it to the Security Council it'll be vetoed by China or Russia.
Good. Time to prosecute the Young ‘Un.
“And the un un-uned the world forever.”
If God forbid there ever is a suitcase nuke denonated in Manhatten (hat tip to Dear Leader), I hope it’s at the U.N.
Condemnation by the U.N. Human Rights Council is a hoot.
There are folks - governments - who sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council for which there is a documented history of similar abuses as North Korea - the Chinese communists since Mao for instance - and that THEY of all people should be sitting in judgement of ANYONE on “human rights” is a joke.
That is not to minimize the flagrant abuses of North Korea, nor to say they should not be condemned, but only to point out the lack of legitimacy of the U.N. Human Rights Council as a venue for that condemnation.