North Korea says U.N. rights report based on 'faked' material

GENEVA Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:41am EST

1 of 2. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the 72nd birth anniversary of North Korea's late leader Kim Jong Il in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang February 16, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/KCNA

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea said on Monday a United Nations report on its human rights record due to be issued later in the day was based on material faked by hostile forces backed by the United States, the European Union and Japan.

A statement sent to Reuters from the Communist state's diplomatic mission in Geneva said that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea "categorically and totally rejects the report," drawn up by a three-member Commission of Inquiry.

The text of the report was due to be released in Geneva at 1300 GMT.

The two-page North Korean statement, in English, said the report was an "instrument of a political plot aimed at sabotaging the socialist system" and defaming the country.

Rights violations listed in the document, forwarded to Pyongyang for comment by U.N. officials several weeks ago, "do not exist in our country," the statement declared.

And it denounced the Commission as "a marionette running here and there in order to represent the ill-minded purposes of the string-pullers, such as the United States, Japan and the member states of the EU."

The Commission was set up by the U.N. Human Rights Council a year ago at the request of the European Union, the United States and Japan under a resolution adopted by consensus at the 47-member state forum.

The independent panel is chaired by jurists from Australia, Indonesia and Serbia. It was barred from North Korea and took evidence from refugees and defectors who have fled.

The North Korean statement suggested the creation of the Commission and the report itself were part of an effort to change the country's current system of government under the cover of human rights concerns.

North Korea would "continue to strongly respond to the end to any attempt of regime-change and pressure under the pretext of 'human rights protection'," it said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, writing by Tom Miles, editing by Robert Evans and Jon Boyle)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (6)
xyz2055 wrote:
Oh hell yes! North Korea is the “garden” spot of the world. It’s like “Hotel California” can check in but you can never leave. Abject poverty and slow starvation.

Feb 17, 2014 6:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
GRRR wrote:
That’s pretty rich, coming from a country that has repeatedly doctored photos, which were promptly exposed and made fun of.

Feb 17, 2014 8:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
Given the UNs role in Iraq, Libya, Syria etc., and also given that their chairman is a South Korean, it is very hard to claim any neutrality or lack of bias for the UN. The Chairman of the UN could even be duty bound to treat North Korea as the enemy.

Feb 17, 2014 10:43am EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

Full focus