“Turning blind eye on N. Korea human rights issue is acting like Sewol-ho ferry captain”


North Korea human rights activist Suzanne
Scholte has called on South Korean politicians to come together… and have a united voice
in calling for improved human rights conditions in North Korea.
If not, they will be regarded as enablers of a disaster, as tragic as the Sewol-ho ferry
accident. Our Laah Hyun-kyung has this report. South
Korean politicians, who refuse to pass a North Korea human rights act, are like the captain
of the sunken Sewol-ho ferry,… says North Korea human rights activist Suzanne Scholte. “Those people remind me of the captain of
the Sewol ferry because this man turned away from people, whose lives were in terrible
danger. And hid his face and this is what the people
are doing, that won’t address the North Korean human rights issue, hiding their faces and
ignoring the political prison camps, the starvation, the crimes against humanity.
The fact that women are being bought and sold and trafficked in China, North Korean women…is
happening today.” Scholte says,… even if North Korea’s human
rights violation cases are referred to the International Criminal Court, as suggested
by the UN Commission of Inquiry after publishing a report last month,… it will have limited
effects. “And that’s because China and Russia will
obviously block progress because they don’t believe, as a member of the Security Council,
that the Security Council has the right to be involved and address human rights issues.” And that’s why South Korea’s role is crucial.
She says… an average North Korean no longer believes what they are being told by the regime
is true. The people in North Korea have access to the
outside world. And the outside world can utilize this. “I believe that most people in that dictatorship
are really questioning whether blind following Kim Jong-un is the
way forward. So my point is.. you start to say that not
only do we know who are committing these crimes, we know that it’s you who’s been involved
with this. We start naming names, we make it costly for
them to continue to blindly follow this regime. And we need to be broadcasting that information
in because the North Korean people I believe are starting to learn the truth and realize
that the source of their misery, the source of their suffering is the Kim Jong-un regime,
not South Korea, not the United States, not the people from outside world. It’s the regime
causing them terrible suffering.” Laah Hyun-kyung, Arirang News.

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