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UN Compares North Korea to Nazi Germany, Chinese Reactions

2005 August 25, Seoul, South Korea, political activists take on the role of a North Korean soldier and a North Korean refugee that has been abused/tortured after being recaptured. REUTERS/You Sung-Ho
2005 August 25, Seoul, South Korea, political activists take on the role of a North Korean soldier and a North Korean refugee that has been abused/tortured after being recaptured. REUTERS/You Sung-Ho
2005 August 25, Seoul, South Korea, political activists take on the role of a North Korean soldier and a North Korean refugee that has been abused/tortured after being recaptured. REUTERS/You Sung-Ho

From NetEase:

United Nations Human Rights Council Likens North Korea to the Nazis, North Korean Representative Slams Leaves in Anger

Global Times consolidated report — At the 25th United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, the North Korea Human Rights report published by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea incited fierce controversy. Because the authors of this report did not actually enter North Korea to conduct on-scene investigations but instead used the “accusations” of over 80 “North Korean refugees” and the reports of anti-North Korean media to arrive at its conclusions, its credibility suffered many questions/much skepticism. The North Korean Human Rights Commission of Inquiry chair Michael Kirby “compared North Korea to Nazi Germany” during his speech on the 17th, triggering a fierce counterattack from North Korea [representative]. North Korea’s permanent United Nations representative in Geneva believes this [the report] was complete nonsense by the United States and other hostile forces/countries. An official of North Korea’s consulate in China accepted on the 18th an exclusive interview with this Global Times journalist and rebutted that the United States immediately stop the “human rights uproar” component of its new hostile policy towards North Korea, and that “before commenting and criticizing other countries, it should first look at its own situation, and first wipe its own butt [take care of its own problems]”.

2008 December 9, Seoul, South Korea, North Korean refugees pose to be North Korean fugitives, protesting the North Korean government. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
2008 December 9, Seoul, South Korea, North Korean refugees pose to be North Korean fugitives, protesting the North Korean government. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Yonhap reports on the 18th that at the United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland on the 17th, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea chair Michael Kirby was first to speak. He defined North Korea’s human rights situation as “crimes against humanity”, and likened North Korea to “Nazi Germany, South African Apartheid, Cambodia Khmer Rouge”, demanding that North Korea immediately improve its human rights situation. Kirby also demanded that China immediately stop repatriating “North Korean refugees”, and “appropriately protect them”.

Just as Kirby’s voice stopped, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations immediately rebutted, arguing that the report was full of unreliable assertions, and raised the the contents were extremely different from reality. China’s representative said the committee didn’t even visit North Korea and only relied on the so-called “testimony” of certain “North Korean refugees” in drafting this North Korean human rights report, which will not benefit peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. The North Korean permanent representative to the United Nations, So Se Pyong, who next spoke also expressed that the content concerning the condition of human rights for North Koreans are “complete fabrications”, that hostile forces lead by the United States are the ones who should be the target of investigations, that the North Korean government has never recognized this committee’s investigation, and resolutely opposes the committee’s fabricated report.

2009 December 9, Seoul, South Korea, a Christian believer Long Dacheng (transliteration) holds up photos denouncing the North Korean government for violating human rights. Long Dacheng says the emaciated children in the photos are abused and starving children in North Korea. REUTERS/Choi Bu-Seok
2009 December 9, Seoul, South Korea, a Christian believer Long Dacheng (transliteration) holds up photos denouncing the North Korean government for violating human rights. Long Dacheng says the emaciated children in the photos are abused and starving children in North Korea. REUTERS/Choi Bu-Seok

Yonhap claims, after briefly criticizing North Korea, the Japanese deputy representative gave the floor to “Japanese Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea” representative Shigeo Iizuka. North Korean representative So Se Pyong immediately slammed the table and demanded if Shigeo Iizuka was allowed to speak. When the chairman of the council indicated that he was allowed to speak, So Se Pyong angrily left in protest.

With regards to the North Korean human rights report, United Nations Human Rights Council was sharply divided into two opposing factions. The South Korean representative strongly expressed support, with the representatives of countries such as the United States, France, Ireland, Vietnam, and Portugal expressing support soon afterward. However, countries such as Iran, Syria, Cuba, and Venezuela criticize the report for using double standards.

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2005 March 25, inside Hall of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, a debate is being held over whether or not public executions should be abolished. A South Korean city resident looks at a picture depicting a North Korean public execution. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
2005 March 25, inside Hall of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, a debate is being held over whether or not public executions should be abolished. A South Korean city resident looks at a picture depicting a North Korean public execution. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Comments from NetEase:

网易河南省手机网友 ip:42.237.*.*:

Please don’t use North Korea to insult the Nazis; at least the Nazi’s were strong and powerful [as a country].

制度是中国所有问题的根源 [网易芬兰网友]:

Strongly protest the United Nations Human Rights Council making the North Korean regime sound better.

网易广东省广州市手机网友 ip:117.136.*.*:

The Nazi’s at least were just persecuting Jews, whereas the people North Korea is slaughtering are all of its own ordinary common people [citizens]. In comparison to North Korea, what the Nazis did was just child’s play.

tdior [网易河南省周口市手机网友]:

Yelling this angrily, does he dare allow others to go [into his country] to see?

网易美国手机网友 ip:199.17.*.*:

Global Shit newspaper [pun on the Chinese name of Global Times].

huanbaolianmeng [网易江苏省宿迁市手机网友]:

In the world, there’s actually only two factions, one that supports a fair and free separation of powers system, and one that approves of an authoritarian system where the minority enslaves the majority; one believes in principles, while the other believes in interests!!!

samul1005 [网易江苏省南京市网友]: (responding to 42.237.*.*)

The Nazis after all still respected their own country and their own people, unlike now a certain authoritarian country, who only treats its people as tools for government and personal benefit.

网易河北省保定市手机网友 [wenquanbuct]:

Iran, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela…are all friends of North Korea~

中立其实等于站在坏人一方 [网易重庆市手机网友]: (responding to above)

To know a person, look at his friends.

网易山东省青岛市手机网友 ip:119.166.*.*:

North Korean is more like the Soviet regime, even more frightening than the Nazis! More ruthless to its own than towards outsiders! There are still many gulags within North Korea.

网易广西桂林市网友 ip:182.91.*.*:

But the Nazis weren’t cruel to their own countrymen, right?

2011 February 16, on the birthday of Kim Jong-il, on the South Korean side of the Panmunjeom demilitarized zone, some North Korean refugees and South Korean people who support them burn the North Korean flag after releasing balloons carrying materials denouncing Kim Jong-un. REUTERS/Truth Leem
2011 February 16, on the birthday of Kim Jong-il, on the South Korean side of the Panmunjeom demilitarized zone, some North Korean refugees and South Korean people who support them burn the North Korean flag after releasing balloons carrying materials denouncing Kim Jong-un. REUTERS/Truth Leem

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