Target: Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Goal: Denounce the country’s leaders for threatening human rights investigators
When the United Nations (UN) announced plans to build an outpost in Seoul, South Korea to investigate human rights abuse in North Korea, the country’s infamously oppressive government responded with a threat. North Korean officials insisted they would “ruthlessly punish” their southern neighbor for helping investigate human rights abuses. The severity of repression in North Korea is well documented, and the UN is doing all it can to minimize the severity of the situation.
Ironically, the warning was made by the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea. North Korea has been adamant about keeping out foreign officials, but testimony and other evidence acquired from refugees and satellite imaging shows rampant human rights abuse. The threat from North Korea came shortly after the UN released a report documenting the types of abuse that occur within the country’s borders. These included starving citizens, forcing prisoners to sit or stand for an extended periods of time, public executions, torture, and suppressing other human rights. The UN compared the violations to the Nazi-era atrocities. North Korea stated that South Korea’s president and other leaders involved would “pay the price” if they were to continue aiding an investigation.
The UN has every right to probe North Korea, as it has amassed a substantial amount of evidence against the country. Abuses must be documented so that the pain of those suffering in North Korea can end. Denounce the nation’s leaders for subjecting political prisoners to terrible abuse, and for their commitment to punishing investigators.
Dear Supreme Leader,
It infuriates me that your citizens continue to be oppressed and punished for petty crimes. Many countries have spoken out about what you’re doing to your citizens and have called on you to end your crackdown on dissent. These human rights abuses have caught the attention of the United Nations, prompting a commitment by the international community conduct a formal investigation.
Torturing, starving, and killing your citizens for the sake of keeping them in line is a grave violation of human rights. These abuses will not be tolerated, and you should not be threatening the UN for seeking to uphold recognized standards for the humane treatment of prisoners. I must insist that you cooperate fully with the UN’s independent investigation, and end the human rights abuses that have made it necessary.
[Your Name Here]
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