Pyongyang, January 20 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Friday in connection with the fact that serious human rights abuses have been disclosed in Australia:
A report of an international human rights organization revealed that
Australia applied harsh punishment system to child terror suspects
within the country and even used such "horrible way" of suffocating them
with tear gas. It was also disclosed that it is treating in a harsh and
insulting way refugees and asylum seekers at refugee camps it set up on
an island in Papua New Guinea and in Nauru.
The report strongly denounced Australia for not acknowledging its
human rights abuses and not abolishing refugee camps as it had promised.
The human rights abuses committed by Australia are modern-day human
rights crimes putting the crimes committed by the Hitler hangmen in
Oswiecim concentration camp into the shade, and they deserve
denunciation by all people and countries of the world valuing human
Australia should not try to hide its human rights abuses but lend an
ear to the world criticism and reveal the situation of the refugee
camps before the world and make those responsible for it face justice.
Australia is finding fault with "human rights abuses" of other
countries on the international arena and calling for sanctions and
pressure. This reminds one of a thief crying "Stop the thief!"
It is an insult to the international conventions on human rights and
an act of disgracing the UN for such human rights abuser as Australia
to try to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council.
Australia has to immediately stop horrible human rights abuses
before faulting "human rights issue" of others and delivering admonition
on them. -0