Lord Alton on North Korean human rights and more

by Philip Gowman on 30 May, 2017

in Asides, DPRK, Human Rights, In the news

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Those of you attending one of the DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble performances, or planning to go to the seminar at SOAS tomorrow, may want to read Lord Alton’s hard-hitting op ed in the Korea JoongAng Daily from two weeks ago (18 May).

Much as we would be heartened to see genuine progress in the treatment of the country’s disabled population, and a fundamental change in the way it treats the rest of its people, we would be naïve not to see the cynical flurry of activity around the treatment of disabled people as anything other than a mirage and as a way of deflecting criticism of what the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on North Korea described as a “state without parallel.”

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