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The hermit regime that controls North Korea has criticized Australia’s human rights record in a UN session.

In a video posted by the UN monitoring non-governmental organization UN Watch, North Korean Ambassador Han Tae-Song told the UN Human Rights Council that the isolated dictatorship had deep concerns about Australia’s conduct. .

The comments came during a review of Australia’s human rights record.

North Korea has criticized Australia’s human rights record. (AP)

Mr. Han described the actions that he said Australia should take.

“First, to end deeply ingrained racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia on ethnic, racial, cultural or religious grounds in the public sphere,” he said.

Second, put an end to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in public places of detention.

“Three, guarantee the rights of people with disabilities, including participation in elections on equal terms with others and the revocation of policies and practices that result in the arbitrary and indefinite detention of people with disabilities.”

North Korea, which has been controlled by the Kim dynasty since 1948, is widely regarded as one of the most repressive countries in the world.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an emergency Politburo meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an emergency Politburo meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP / Korea Central News Agency)

“A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry concluded that the government committed serious, systematic and widespread abuses of rights, including extermination, murder, slavery, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other forms of sexual violence, “the organization said.

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“North Korea operates secret prison camps where alleged opponents of the government are sent to face torture, starvation rations and forced labor. Fear of collective punishment is used to silence dissent.”

However outraged some reactions to Han’s statement were, including liberal MP Dave Sharma who joked that it must be “an attempt at irony,” in this case, the hermit nation was not alone.

Canada, China, Germany, Italy, France and Belarus are among dozens of UN countries that also condemned aspects of Australia’s human rights record, with many calling for the national age of criminal responsibility to be raised from 10 to 10. 14 years.

Australia has also faced criticism from the UN for the treatment of indigenous Australians and refugees.


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