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What CAN the UN Do About North Korea?

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Human Rights, News, North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, Politics, Security Council, United Nations with tags , , , on 18/02/2014 by floroy1942

I read with interest an article about human rights abuses in North Korea from the United Nations Human Rights Council.  I have to ask, what do they hope to achieve by this? The whole world has known about these abuses for fifty years and no-one has done anything about it. In fact, short of invading the country there is not much they can do.

Clap For Me Or You Die

Clap For Me Or You Die

North Korea has for all of its existence been closed to the rest of the world and will never change that policy, for that is the only way the likes of Kim Jong-un and his cronies can stay in power. It is utterly pointless for the UNHRC to bleat about the atrocities and say they want to take it to the Court of Human Rights, for it will avail them nothing. Kim and his henchmen know full well that to allow any foreign interference in their affairs will mean the whole system will collapse.

Michael Kirby, Chairman Of The Independent Commission of Inquiry

Michael Kirby, Chairman Of The Independent Commission of Inquiry

Michael Kirby, chairman of the independent Commission of Inquiry said, “There will be no excusing of failure of action because we didn’t know. Too many times in this building there are reports and no action. Well this is a time for action.” I for one would like to know what action he thinks the international community can take in this situation.

The North Korean Missile Capability

The North Korean Missile Capability

I doubt very much if Kim will yield to sanctions for they have not had any affect in the past. One important thing Mr Kirby should not forget is that North Korea has nuclear weapons and long range missiles. He threatened to use them last year but as we all know this turned out to be a bluff. But who is to say that given sufficient provocation he will not use them for real. The man is certainly unstable enough. Such a man will do anything to hang on to power, even if it means going to war. He may well be crazy enough to think that, if I must go down I will take the country with me. When all is said and done he would not be the first.

Staving North Korean Woman

Staving North Korean Woman

The UN has for years been filled with empty rhetoric that has achieved nothing, and in my opinion, this is no different. When you think about it, even if all the world’s nations united behind the proposal, what could they do short of invading North Korea. Neither Kim nor his followers will take one iota of interest in a plan that wants to put him on trial for crimes against humanity. This also means just about every member of the government would be beside him in the dock for they are all just as guilty.

Very Few Photos Have Reached the West Of Conditions Inside NK Prisons.

Very Few Photos Have Reached the West Of Conditions Inside NK Prisons.

The UN Report is quoted as saying: “These are not mere excesses of the state; they are essential components of a political system that has moved far from the ideals on which it claims to be founded.” The UN “must ensure that those most responsible for the crimes against humanity” are held accountable, through a referral to the International Criminal Court, or a UN tribunal. As you would expect, those in control in the country deny all knowledge and refute the finding of the report. In answer to the charge they said: “The DPRK [North Korea] once again makes it clear that the ‘human rights violations’ mentioned in the so-called ‘report’ do not exist in our country.”

Those Caught Trying To Flee Are Summarily Shot

Those Caught Trying To Flee Are Summarily Shot

It cannot be denied that the North Korean people have lived with great pain and suffering their whole lives. One false word would see you dragged off to the labour camps where you would be tortured and worked to death all for the good of the state. The torture many have suffered in the camps goes far beyond anything you can imagine, for we as civilized beings would never contemplate some of the things that are everyday practice there.

Hero Worship Of Kim Jong-un

Hero Worship Of Kim Jong-un

One of the major problems is that Pyong Yang has the full backing of China as a fellow communist state. Any proposals put forward by the Council would most likely be vetoed by China, so the chances of reaching any farseeing action against North Korea would be nipped in the bud before it got started.

UNWhilst being fully behind this noble idea, for somehow the NK Regime must be brought to an end, taking everything into account I find this to be a storm in a teacup that will lie buried and forgotten within a few months, just like so many other UN reports. The UN is not called the ‘toothless tiger’ for nothing.

Roy.

The “Power’ Drug

Posted in Ahmadinajad, Elections, Free Speech, Government, Haiti, Health, Human Rights, Insanity, Iran, Modern World, MP's, North Korea, President, Riot, Somaila, UN, United Nations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 19/12/2010 by floroy1942

...and you will do as I say, or else!

History has shown us time and again the steps some power-hungry people will take to consolidate their grip on power. One only has to go back to the Second World War and look at the profiles of men like Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin, to find out what some men are capable of in the their quest to remain in control of a country and its people. Today is no different, even though the tactics used by some have changed.

Stalin - The Russian Butcher

Just as in the past, repression of free speech and all dissension against them is used by many, but today the approach by others is more subtle. Voting by the people for their leaders has been a common practice for many years, but these days one can no longer rely on this democratic process.

In recent years, country after country around the world has been embroiled in dispute, and even civil war, after so-called free elections. Famous among these are Zimbabwe, Iran, Myanmar, Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, and so the list goes on.

Mugabe - His Countries Assassin.

In many countries like Zimbabwe and North Korea, dissension is a thing of the past, for any word uttered against the leader means instant death. President Mugabe hit the world headlines during the last general election in 2008 when he actually lost to the opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Zanu Victims

Prior to the next round of voting, Mugabe supporters began a reign of terror, carried out mainly by his ZANU party members, who roamed the streets killing, or chopping off the limbs of opposition supporters with machetes.

It was diplomatic pressure from the rest of the world that finally forced Mugabe to accept a supposed power-sharing deal with his opponent Norman Tsvangari, who became Prime Minister. There is little doubt however that the true power remained in the hands of the president.  Lately it has been announced that the deal, which is due for review in February next year, will be scrapped by Mugabe.

Kim Jong-il the Death Merchant.

North Korea, like China, is a totalitarian regime with all the power in the hands of Kim Jong-il who took over from his father Kim Jong-sung when he died in 1994. Even a careless word that is overheard will lead to a lengthy, if not life time period of detention in the infamous labour camps which have been likened to the concentration camps of the Nazi’s.

The Opposition in a Cage - Suu Kyi

Myanmar (Burma) by contrast, solved the opposition problem by annulling the 1990 election in which the National League for Democracy under Aung San Suu Kyi won an overwhelming victory. The military junta placed Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest where she has spent the greater part of the time since 1990 despite international calls for her release.

Currently, we have Haiti and the Ivory Coast in turmoil because of ‘rigged’ elections.

The problem in Ivory Coast is so severe, that it would seem civil war is imminent. Two contenders for the leadership, and now two separate leaders, each with their own ‘government’ vying for power over the whole country which is currently split North/South. The United Nations have told the ‘out-going’ president, Laurent GBagbo that he should stand aside, but to no avail. It would take but a small spark to ignite this tinderbox.

Haiti meanwhile, has its own cross to bear, exacerbated by the fact the country has still not recovered from the devastating earthquake this year, and the following cholera epidemic. But still the politicians vie for power and control.

Chavez - Ambitious Showman

There are also dictators in the making such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. After coming to power in 1999 he survived a coup d’etat attempt in 2002 and then set about strengthening his position by removing the requirement under the countries constitution for presidents to serve no more than two terms in office. Since then he has further consolidated his power by taking full control of government.

Lukoshenko - Cementing a Position of Power

The West is also accusing Lukashenko of Belarus of following in the footsteps of Hugo Chavez. In 2004 he also changed the constitution, removing the maximum of two terms for a president. While it seems certain he will once again be voted in as president during the current elections, few doubt that the results have been corrupted.

It makes me wonder why these people are so in love with power, for with power comes huge responsibility.

Cholera Victim - Zimbabwe

If you run a country you are supposed to care for your people by making sure they have jobs, suitable housing, and education. The power mongers it seems, care little for this side of the job. In fact, in countries like Zimbabwe, there is 85% unemployment, rampant cholera, starvation and death. In North Korea there is also widespread starvation and disease.

So what do these megalomaniacs gain from this? They are by rote, extravagantly rich from all the money they siphon off for themselves, they have the power of life and death over the people they govern, and quite often have a significant influence on their neighbouring countries e.g. North/South Korea. They also have political standing in the world, mingling with world leaders and top politicians at many top conferences, and the United Nations at will.

Personally I fail to see the attraction of it all, but there is little doubt many do.

Roy.



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