Target: Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Urge United Nations to convict North Korea of crimes against humanity
A United Nations investigation committee has found significant evidence that North Korea has committed crimes against humanity. Such substantial evidence and testimony exists that the country may be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face these charges. However there are obstacles that bar this trial from proceeding. It is imperative that North Korea gets taken to court for its crimes if human rights are to be recognized.
It is confirmed that North Korea habitually starves and exterminates their own people, including people abducted from Japan and South Korea. The country also utilizes massive labor and prison camps, where those convicted of crimes are sent to work. Violations of human rights run rampant there, where public executions and starvation are normal occurrences. These camps, alongside the whole country, are patrolled; escaping from North Korea is a hazardous trip and getting captured elicits an immediate sentence to a labor camp or even death.
However, there are two main obstacles to convicting North Korea. The first is the fact that North Korea is not part of the treaty that created the ICC, therefore, they are not subject to those laws. A decision must also be made whether to convict the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and other high ranking officials. However, Michael Kirby, who is a retired Australian judge and heads the commission of inquiry, said that the United Nations security council could extend the court’s remit in this case.
The second obstacle is that China – which is a part of the ICC treaty – may veto this decision. China has close links to North Korea and is known for sending back detainees who escaped from North Korea, despite documented evidence stating that detainees face mistreatment and detention upon return. However, Kirby states that China may also face charges and be held accountable for this policy. North Korea has also stated that it wants no part of this process.
Despite these obstacles, the United Nations should refer the case to the ICC, and convict North Korea of crimes against humanity. Many countries know of North Korea’s severe human rights violations and this is the world’s chance to make these violations stop without going to war. The ICC should also convict Kim Jong-un and other high ranking officials of these crimes, as they could have put a stop to this endless suffering. Urge the United Nations to convict North Korea of crimes against humanity.
Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
It has come to my attention that the United Nations has significant evidence to convict North Korea of crimes against humanity, including photographs and testimonies from eyewitness accounts. Many countries know of North Korea’s egregious human rights violations, but nothing has been done to stop its citizens’ suffering.
Therefore, I ask that you refer this case to the ICC so they can convict North Korea of these crimes. This option will be the humane way of getting North Korea to acknowledge human rights, and rid the country of those who harm other humans for their benefit. Instead of going to war and forcing North Korea’s hand, the world can go about it in a civilized manner and lessen the amount of bloodshed. I implore you, as the Secretary General, to do this for the civilians suffering in North Korea and those who have been abducted into the country.
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