North Korea Denies Human Rights Abuses
luvsmiling, April 25, 2015, 10:26 a.m.
North Korea said Saturday there are no human rights problems in the country, denouncing the United States for making unfounded accusations against it. "If the American-style 'standard of human rights' is universally accepted, the world will turn into a lawless one, tundra of human rights and the one of darkness," the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary.
The paper also claimed that human rights issues are "non-existent" in the country. "The U.S. 'human rights' racket against the DPRK is nothing but a desperate bid of those who failed to disable the nuclear deterrence for self-defense and stifle the DPRK by force," it said. The DPRK is the acronym of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Meanwhile, the North Korea Freedom Coalition, a U.S. nonprofit group of dozens of organizations working to improve human rights conditions in the communist nation, said it plans to host the "North Korea Freedom Week 2015" starting Sunday in Washington and New York.