January 22, 2022
KCNA Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN)

U.K. Would Be Well-Advised to Remedy its Own Human Rights Plight

Date: 05/12/2021 | Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EN) | Read original version at source

On November 23, U.K. issued a statement of its foreign minister where it designated 30 countries including our country once again as “human rights priority countries”.

It is a really weird thing for the U.K. to find fault with other countries on an annual basis in their human rights situation, posing as a human rights judge. What’s goes beyond our forbearance is the fact that it has labeled even the anti-epidemic emergency measures as “human rights violation”, which were taken by our state on a preemptive basis to protect life safety of our people.

Does the U.K. have any face and qualification to dictate to other countries distorting and fabricating their human rights situation?

The U.K. is just the epicenter of pouring forth human rights violations such as racial discrimination, maltreatment of immigrants, police violence and murder of various sorts which cause considerable consternation among the world people.

Even recently, many refugees from the Middle East and Africa seeking refuge in the U.K. were drowned in the sea owing to the blockade imposed by the U.K. authorities, inviting criticism from the world that the English Channel is being turned into a huge “cemetery”. Cold-blooded human rights violations, i.e. murder, violence and child abuse take place one after another right in the heart of London, much to the consternation of the world. Because of this, the inhabitants live in anxiety and fear.

In the U.K., the infection cases of COVID-19 exceeded 10 million and the death toll records 145,000, putting the U.K. at the top among European countries in terms of COVID-19-related death.

The U.K. continues to find fault with other countries over their “human rights” situation, turning a blind eye to its own plight of human rights violation. There is no other explanation for this. This just starts from its intention to make its presence felt by flattering and yielding to the U.S., since it has no one to depend upon after the Brexit.

We have already issued a serious warning to the U.K. that its farce of designating “human rights priority countries” goes contrary to the universal principle of respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of the others and that it constitutes an open interference in the internal affairs of the sovereign states.

The UK would be well-advised to remedy its own human rights plight rather than posing as a “human rights judge” following suit of its master.

Choe Yong Un

Division Director, Korea-Europe Association

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