Target: Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon
Goal: Hold North Korea accountable for its horrific human rights violations
Many news stations that cover human rights abuses often focus on North Korea, whose staggering number of violations has been met with public condemnation. Citizens are starved, tortured, and killed over minor offenses. Generations of families suffer for one person’s small crime. Despite these atrocities, North Korea has not been punished or taken to court. As news agencies and the United Nations review further reports on North Korea, actions must be taken to change things for the better. Tell United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to hold North Korea accountable for its numerous abuses against its citizens.
The Guardian recently had a Q&A with a prominent North Korean defector about the conditions and abuses that occur in the oppressive country. Park Yeon-mi spoke of a public execution where her friend’s mother was killed for watching a Hollywood film. She spoke of her escape and of her father dying in China. Yeon-mi was forced to bury her father at 3 A.M. for fear of being seen. Her mother was also raped while protecting Yeon-mi. Yeon-mi now lives in South Korea, but she and many other defectors still remember the horrors they experienced in this oppressive country.
During this Q&A session, Yeon-mi told listeners that many North Koreans are not aware of the conditions of the rest of the world, but as more information regarding the outside floods in, a change is taking root in the country. Yeon-mi described how many people are starving and recalled seeing dead people in the streets who died from starvation. A United Nations report backed her account; thousands of North Korean citizens are starved while the leaders and government authorities eat well. This report also detailed the torture, public executions, isolation, and labor camps used to keep citizens in line.
Marzuki Darusman, who is the special rapporteur for North Korea, told the United Nations to refer Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court. North Korea has stated that if the country is prosecuted, its leaders will not go to court. It is time for the world’s powers to do something. North Korean citizens are suffering and nothing has changed. Tell Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to hold North Korea accountable for its crimes against its people.
Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,
The horrific abuses of the North Korean government against its own people have received more coverage recently thanks to outspoken prominent defectors and refugees. The United Nations recently stated that it was time to hold North Korea accountable for its crimes against humanity. North Korean citizens are suffering. They know next to nothing about the outside world, are oppressed, and are brainwashed into believing that the torture and crime that exist in their country is normal. This greatly saddens and angers me.
I implore you to do something about this situation. North Korea needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of international law. We cannot leave this issue alone; it must be resolved. The United Nations has the power to stop these crimes and I urge you to do so.
[Your Name Here]
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