North Korea Responds To Glaring U.N. Human Rights Report With Homophobic Statement
North Korea has really underscored an unsurprisingly unflattering human rights report from the United Nations. In response to the damning report on the country's human rights record, North Korea state media has issued a a bizarre homophobic attack on U.N. lead investigator Michael Kirby. Posted to KCNA's English-language website, the state media claims:
As for Kirby who took the lead in cooking the "report", he is a disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality. He is now over seventy, but he is still anxious to get married to his homosexual partner.
This practice can never be found in the DPRK boasting of the sound mentality and good morals, and homosexuality has become a target of public criticism even in Western countries, too. In fact, it is ridiculous for such gay to sponsor dealing with others' human rights issue.
The particular insane attack on Kirby aside, North Korean leadership's laughable claim that gays don't exist within the country's borders marks the first public comment on homosexuality since its state-run media went online.
Writes Adam Taylor at the Washington Post:
However, the use of homophobic insults seems exceptional, even for North Korea: A quick search of KCNA appears to show that this is the first time the agency has used the word "homosexual" since the agency went online. Officially, homosexuality doesn't exist in North Korea, and there appear to be no laws on the books banning it. In the rare moments it is acknowledged, it is viewed negatively. In an article for NK News published last year, Oliver Hotham wrote that many North Koreans have little knowledge of homosexuality, and it is often viewed as a foreign concept.
Denying the existence of something that occurs across nature and all of human culture within one's own country is a start, at least, right?