North Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Hermit Kingdom, whatever you want to call it has one of the worst human rights violation records in history.
Just to give you an idea of how gross and despicable the regime is, the recently released Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights report detailed imprisonment, enslavement, torture, murder and other vile atrocities in North Korea, which the Chairman of the panel, Michael Kirby compared to the Nazi Holocaust.
The illustrations above were created by a North Korean defector, the first two show examples of torture methods the regime uses, the one on the bottom shows prisoners bringing dead bodies to the crematorium.
Foreign Policy experts are saying that these egregious human rights violations constitute as crimes against humanity, but how can the United Nations get the DRNK to cooperate?
Sadly, the issue of human rights abuses cannot be resolved without changing the whole region’s political climate and currently there is no simple solution. It is nearly impossible to strike diplomatic accords with the extremely isolated, totalitarian regime whose leadership is bent on the state’s survival over everything else.
It is obvious that North Korea’s leaders should be charged with crimes against humanity but for that to happen, China, North Korea’s main ally, would have to refer them to the International Criminal Court. China has stated that it opposes doing so.
Worldwide views of the Hermit Kingdom are at an all-time low, especially in the United States.
A recent Gallup Poll pointed out that the majority of Americans rated North Korea as the least favorable country. North Korea is constantly rated one of the lowest, but this is the first time since the early 2000’s that it has been singled out in last place.
The overall situation with North Korea is very unpredictable to say the least. It is very difficult to say what will happen next. However, the detailed report may be powerful enough for the global community to put enough pressure on China to hand over North Korea’s Leaders. Also, it may be a stretch, but the report may even be able to persuade some of the more moderate government officials in Pyongyang that certain amount of change within the country is necessary if they want to see the state carry on.