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KCNA Refutes Groundless Accusations against DPRK over Its "Human Rights Issue"

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, November 2 (KCNA) -- Hostile forces including the United States and Japan made malignant accusations against the DPRK over its "human rights issue" at the meeting of the Third Committee of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly.

Those forces hostile to the DPRK made no scruple of pressurizing the DPRK to recognize the "special rapporteur" in charge of human rights situation in the country and cooperate in his trip to Pyongyang etc., ballyhooing in chorus about what they called its "institutional human rights abuses."

This is touching off hatred among the Korean people as it was nothing but sinister intentions of the hostile forces to create an atmosphere of putting pressure on the DPRK under the signboard of "protection of human rights" by abusing such institutional lever as the UN General Assembly.

As already known, the DPRK had already clarified its stand toward the issue of keeping "the special rapporteur" and has never recognized his existence as his job is to infringe upon its sovereignty and dignity.

We would like to remind that the international community newly created the UN Human Rights Council in 2006 after disorganizing the UN Human Rights Commission to put an end to the U.S. ceaseless arbitrary practices on the international arena of human rights.

But since the U.S. made its way to the UN Human Rights Council it has persistently protected and defended the human rights abuses of such countries as Israel and violated the sovereignty of the anti-U.S. independent states including the DPRK.

Keeping the "special rapporteur", in particular, the U.S. made him play the role of a servant for it in a bid to use him for politicizing human rights issues and applying selectivity and double standards to dealing with them.

Therefore, the DPRK does not recognize the ghost-like "special rapporteur", a leftover of the defunct UN Human Rights Commission.

It is unreasonable in every respect for the Western hostile forces led by the U.S. to pressurize the DPRK to recognize the above-said post as it is part of their sinister moves against the DPRK.

It is an unpardonable infringement upon the DPRK, an independent sovereign state, to wantonly interfere in its internal affairs under the pretext of "human rights issue".

Denying people's right to choose their system is the most vivid expression of human rights abuses.

The despicable plot to bring down the socio-political system in the DPRK under the pretext of human rights issue is a typical example of politicizing the human right issue and applying selectivity and double standards.

As far as human rights issues are concerned, only those countries incurring the displeasure of the U.S. are made targets of accusation quite contrary to the principles of impartiality and objectivity.

When dealing with human rights issues, accusing fingers should be directed, first of all, to the U.S., the world's worst human rights abuser, which has not hesitated to commit even terrorism against sovereign states and Japan which has refused to make apology and reparation for its past hideous human rights abuses.

Great irony is that these countries accustomed to pulling up others, keeping mum about their own human rights abuses, are busy blaming someone for its alleged human rights issue.

The people are fully guaranteed a worthwhile life and independent rights in the Korean-style socialist society centered on the popular masses.

No one is allowed to force criticism and accusation against the social system in the DPRK chosen by its people themselves and upheld by them.

Foreign hostile forces' noisier "human rights" racket would only reinforce the Korean people's faith and will to defend socialism.

Those who have already lost their moral and legal rights to talk about human rights had better mind their own business before accusing others.

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