The North Korean Foreign Ministry claims that the special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in North Korea come from countries that do not respect Western human rights values and standards.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday criticized the United Nations Human Rights Council for adopting “arbitrary Western standards” to attack the human rights situation in the country. Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday.
According to the ministry, the council “focuses on specific countries” when adopting human rights resolutions, which goes against its goal of addressing human rights issues fairly and equally for all countries.
“The United Nations Human Rights Council has become a stage for subjecting independent developing countries to arbitrary Western standards,” the ministry said in a statement.
The statement came after a third committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning human rights abuses in North Korea for 17 consecutive years.
North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims that the special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in North Korea come from countries that do not adhere to Western human rights values and standards, and are chosen without prior discussion among UN member states.
South Korea did not participate in the adoption of the resolution for the third year in a row, which is seen as its apparent attempt not to antagonize its northern neighbor and revive the mood for dialogue between Pyongyang and Seoul.
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