Target: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Goal: Thank the United Nations for establishing an outpost to investigate human rights violations in North Korea
The United Nations recently announced that it will set up an outpost in South Korea to investigate human rights violations in North Korea. As the world is pressuring North Korea to acknowledge human rights and prosecute those who are responsible for the citizens’ suffering, the United Nations is responding to this need by gathering more data. The outpost will be created in Seoul, where many civil rights groups are based and victims of human rights abuses often go to seek shelter.
North Korea has for several years been known to commit heinous human rights abuses. Citizens are often sent to labor camps for petty or ridiculous crimes, and those that are born into them have a warped sense of justice. Punishments range from standing or sitting for long periods of time, being handcuffed to sinks and forced to squat, along with torture, hangings, and death by firing squad. Those who escape the country are also subjected to gross punishments, and many of its citizens go hungry at night.
The United Nations set up a list of possible solutions to the human rights violations taking place in North Korea. Recently, the country was threatened with being taken to trial by the ICC (International Criminal Court), but prominent North Korean leaders stated that they would not show up to such proceedings. Instead the United Nations is hoping that setting up an office in Seoul will help reduce the severity of the situation in North Korea.
Human rights abuses in North Korea must stop. Let the United Nations know that you support its commitment to human rights.
Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
I am writing this letter to thank your organization for supporting human rights, and trying to curb the violence and abuse that run rampant in North Korea. Recently your organization has committed to building an outpost in Seoul, where the United Nations is hoping to investigate the abuses and reduce the severity of the situation. Your efforts are noble and I hope this outpost will also help refugees fleeing the country.
I hope to see North Korea change for the better in my lifetime. I also hope to see those who are responsible for the massive amount of suffering go on trial for their crimes. I don’t know if these things will happen while I am alive, but I can only hope. Please continue to strive for this goal, as human beings shouldn’t live under these oppressive conditions.
[Your Name Here]
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