New Imperialist Report Calls for Prosecution of DPRK Officials

Three renowned judges in the area of international human rights have declared that the DPRK and many of its leaders should be placed on trial for crimes against humanity. The panel alleges some of the most horrific crimes: systematic murder, including infanticide, and torture, persecution of Christians, rape, forced abortions, starvation and overwork leading to “countless deaths”.

These crimes they claim to have real evidence behind, despite none of it actually being shown. The allegations come from high profile defectors who are known to be paid almost a million dollars for their testimony against the DPRK government. The move is said to be an unofficial follow up to a UN investigation in 2014 finding reasonable grounds to conclude crimes against humanity had been committed in North Korea.

“The three judges have served on past international tribunals: Navi Pillay, a former UN high commissioner for human rights; Mark Harmon who served on a tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia; and Thomas Buergenthal, who survived Auschwitz as a child and was a judge on the International Court of Justice.”

Once again the international bodies lie about the DPRK claiming that labour camps do not exist.

North Korea “continues to deny the very existence of these political prisons”, the report says. “Yet, detailed satellite imagery, as well as the corroborated testimony of scores of former prisoners and state actors with firsthand knowledge of the prisons, established the existence of this prison system, and the horrific practices that occur therein, beyond any doubt.”

Yet those same international “human rights” organizations denounce the DPRK for defending the labour as punishment system.

“Notwithstanding North Korean claims that there are no human rights violations in the DPRK, both Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-il have defend- ed and justified the forced labor prison camp system.” (pg.26)

Again we see that imperialist controlled “human rights” organizations are having difficulty deciding which allegations to claim. Given this, we should be very skeptical of the allegations made against the DPRK, if not outright dismissed as unreliable.

The timing of the report by the three judges should not be seen as a coincidence. The DPRK has made significant leaps in the development of nuclear weapons and Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM). The ability of the United States to bully the DPRK with threats of invasion re quickly coming to a close. This move is nothing less than a political move to demonize the DPRK as it struggles to maintain its independence away from US imperialism. Slander is stock-in-trade for the US to use against countries resisting them. We need to look no further than the allegations of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq, or the claims of supposed human rights violations in Libya.

This new round of hostility and political pressure on the DPRK is to be expected as the US is now afraid that the DPRK can defend itself by possessing a nuclear deterrent against invasion.