Andrew Neil has branded North Korea’s concerns over human rights in Australia “beyond parody” after representatives from the DPRK flagged a raft of abuses at a United Nations assembly.
Pyongyang’s UN ambassador Han Tae Song called on the country to end racism, cease inhuman treatment in detention centres and ensure the right of all to participate in elections during the meeting.
Beyond parody. https://t.co/3cd3vKDfMs— Andrew Neil (@afneil) January 21, 2021
It comes as some 31 countries moved to condemn Canberra’s rigid immigration policy, which has seen migrants detained indefinitely in remote camps in places including Papua New Guinea and Nauru.
According to Human Rights Watch, more than 3,000 migrants have been relocated to these isolated locations since 2013.
China and other Beijing allies also levelled charges at Australia, along with nations including Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Portugal and Mexico.
North Korean Han Tae Song said his nation is “still gravely concerned about continued human rights violations in Australia, infringing upon international human rights law,” before making suggestions on how Australia could ease their concerns.
“First, to end deep-rooted racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia on the basis of ethnic, racial, cultural or religious background in the public sphere,” he said.
“Two, to cease cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment in public places or detention,” Han added. “Three, to ensure the right of persons with disabilities including participation in elections on an equal basis with others, and revoking of legislation, policies and practice that results in the arbitrary and indefinite detention of persons with disabilities.”