Draft UN res­o­lu­tion would con­demn Nkorea on rights abuses

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

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

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