Wednesday, February 19, 2014

United Nations documents numerous human rights violations in North Korea including forced abortions and infanticide

North Korea is a place where human rights and the right to life have no meaning. A new report from the U.N. details multiple abuses, included the mandatory forced abortions or infanticides of North Korean babies suspected of having a Chinese father. This is why we believe a fundamental commitment to the Right to Life for every human being is so very important!

In a 400-page set of linked reports and supporting documents, based on first-hand testimony from victims and witnesses, the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the DPRK has documented in great detail the “unspeakable atrocities” committed in the country.

“The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” the Commission -- established by the Human Rights Council in March 2013 -- says in a report that is unprecedented in scope.

“These crimes against humanity entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation,” the report says, adding that “Crimes against humanity are ongoing in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea because the policies, institutions and patterns of impunity that lie at their heart remain in place.”