Michael Kirby is a retired Australian High Court judge. You may disagree with his politics and his decisions but you can’t question his intellect and integrity.
In 2013, Kirby Chaired the United Nations Human Rights Council inquiry into human rights in North Korea. Kirby’s report tells of the horrible conditions in North Korea.
Writing in, not surprisingly, the Guardian, Sigley recounts his 2 years spend studying at Kim Il-sung University Pyongyang.
The commission finds that systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In many instances, the violations found entailed crimes against humanity based on State policies.
The main perpetrators are officials of the State Security Department, the Ministry of People’s Security, the Korean People’s Army, the Office of the Public Prosecutor, the judiciary and the Workers’ Party of Korea, who are acting under the effective control of the central organs of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the National Defence Commission and the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Despite heavy sanctions, Pyongyang has a small but growing consumer class, due in part to government policies to liberalise sections of the economy.
Dining out is an important manifestation of this new spending power. Among restaurants I have visited along with other foreign students is a trendy conveyor belt hot pot restaurant, where diners can choose from more than 50 ingredients – from shiitake mushrooms to macaroni – for their broth.
This restaurant is always packed at weekend lunchtimes, with the clientele sporting fashions that wouldn’t look out of place in Shanghai or Seoul. We’ve even spotted young people who’ve clearly had plastic surgery.
It seems concentration camps, human slavery and citizen starvation is ok with Mr Sigley, as long as you can get a nice lunch in Pyongyang.
Sigley also writes of a fellow student who has moved out of his dormatory and who he (Sigley) is no longer able to contact. Perhaps the student was fed to the dogs or if she was female got some other special treatment.
Stalin is claimed to have coined the expression useful idiots. Does anyone know what helpful moron in Korean is?
TAFKAS wonders what Otto Warmbier thought of the food options in Pyongyang – before he was effectively beaten to death by the North Koreans.