The United States it seems is receiving some lessons in human rights from an unlikely nation. In an official statement released by North Korea following the riots that erupted in Ferguson, the belligerent Asian nation has mocked the U.S. and called it the ‘graveyard of human rights’!
The statement from the North Korean foreign ministry official was then reported by state media across North Korea, reports The Huffington Post.
The statement reads as follows.
“The US is indeed a country wantonly violating human rights where people are subject to discrimination and humiliation due to their race, and are in constant fear that they may get shot at any moment. It should not seek solutions to its problems in suppressing demonstrators, but bring to light the real picture of the American society, a graveyard of human rights, and have a correct understanding of what genuine human rights are like and how they should be guaranteed.”
The statement came just a day after the grand jury announcement that exonerated officer Darren Wilson, reports Vice. The decision of the jury resulted in overnight rioting across Ferguson in which several people were killed. Protest marches were held in several other cities while spare incidences of violence were reported from other areas.
While it is fine for other countries to criticize the United States over human rights violations, this coming from North Korea has surprised many. The North Korean military regime is widely known to be one of the world’s most brutal. Ruled over by three generations of military dictators, the country has seen several instances of gross human rights violations.
Even family members of the ruling elite have not been spared. In the latest such instance, the entire family of Jang Song-thaek, once a powerful military man within the regime, were executed at the behest of Kim Jong un earlier this year. The remains of Jang Song-thaek were reportedly fed to dogs. The general was killed because he was allegedly plotting to overthrow Kim Jong un.
Horror stories of the brutality of the regime have been brought to light by several defectors who have managed to escape from the country to freedom elsewhere. Those who have tried to escape have been imprisoned, and their entire families were jailed or killed. This is to instill fear among the people and to prevent them from even trying to escape.
There has been no official response from the United States over the latest comments from North Korea on Ferguson.
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