North Korea’s New Tactic: Discredit Those Who Report Human-Rights Abuses

North Korea’s New Tactic: Discredit Those Who Report Human-Rights Abuses. YaleGlobal. Steven Borowiec. March 24, 2015.

In 2013, the UN Human Rights Council established the Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, mandating an investigation of violations including the right to food; torture and inhuman treatment inside prison camps; severe limits on freedom of expression, the right to life, freedom of movement; and enforced disappearances, including in the form of abductions of nationals from other nations. North Korean escapees relay the most horrific details about life in the dismal and impoverished place. The commission issued a scathing report less than a year later, and officials in secretive, isolated nation quickly adjusted strategies for responses, reports Borowiec. Rather than issue blanket denials as in the past, North Korean officials instead target and discredit escapees, the main source of reports. [Note: contains copyrighted material].[HTML format, varios paging].

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