Draft UN resolution would condemn Nkorea on rights abuses
THE European Union and Japan have circulated a draft UN resolution that would condemn North Korea for diverting its resources to pursue nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles instead of helping its people, over half in need of more food and improved medical care.
Following the imprisonment of American college student Otto Warmbier, who returned home in June with brain damage and died days later, the draft also strongly urges North Korea to provide noncitizens who are detained freedom of communication and access to consular officials.
The draft, obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, “condemns the longstanding and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights” in North Korea.
It notes the findings of the UN commission of inquiry on North Korea in 2014 that information it received provided “reasonable grounds that crimes against humanity” have been committed in the Asian nation.
The commission concluded that crimes against humanity, including extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, persecution, deliberate starvation and disappearances were However she changed her story several times, later claiming she had been set up and threatened by people back in Sydney, where she said she worked as a receptionist at a brothel.
Prosecutors, in seeking leniency, were persuaded that her crimes weren’t so black and white, said Herran.
“She’s lucky because the amount of the drugs was very big,” he told a bevy of Australian journalists who traveled to Colombia after the closed-door hearing.
Sainsbury’s arrest garnered top attention in Australia, where tabloids alternated between mocking the Adelaide native as “Cocaine Cassie” and expressing sympathy with the plight of Australia’s highest-profile foreign prisoner. But the few Colombians who followed the case at all tended to be deeply offended by her family’s early statement that she couldn’t receive a fair trial in such a “corrupt country.”
Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine and its police among the best trained to detect and stop drug smuggling thanks in part to billions of dollars in US anti-narcotics aid that has strengthened law enforcement. Many families have sad tales of loved ones who’ve spent years behind bars in the US and elsewhere after being drawn by economic hardship into the lower rungs of the drug trade.
As tourism to Colombia has boomed over the past decade, the country’s drug cartels are increasingly recruiting foreigners to smuggle cocaine out of the country. So far this year, Colombian police have arrested 67 foreign drug mules. – AP