Global Times recently reported that the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning North Korea’s long term human rights violations. China was one of 19 countries that voted against the resolution. Cuba, Russia and Syria also voted against it. Earlier, China voted in the Security Council against including this issue as an agenda item for the General Assembly to consider, but that vote did not include a veto power. Representatives from the United States, South Korea, and Japan expressed their serious disagreement with the notion that the human rights issue has nothing to do with international peace and security. UN Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein both maintained that North Korea’s large-scale, continuous, and systematic violations of human rights have been a major security concern in that region. Two refugees from North Korea were present at the UN and told the General Assembly about three generations of tragic suffering.
Source: Global Times, December 18, 2015