On Sunday, North Korea rejected a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on police-reported sexual abuse of women in North Korea, saying it was a “political scheme” intended to “tarnish the image” of the country.
In a report released last Thursday, based on interviews with 54 North Korean defectors, the US-based human rights organization portrays a grim picture of rapes and other abuses perpetrated by staff members. such as border guards, but also civilians in positions of authority.
The North Korean Association for Human Rights Studies, quoted by North Korea’s official KCNA, said the “grotesque” report was “part of a political scheme mounted by hostile forces. .. to tarnish the image of the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, official name of North Korea] “.
“It is also an extremely dangerous provocation to reverse the current of peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula,” the North Korean organization said, adding that the women interviewed for the investigation belonged to the “scum”. of humanity “.
Among the abusers cited in the HRW report are managers of public companies, guards deployed in markets or checkpoints, and “police, magistrates, soldiers and controllers on board”. trains “.
A sex toy
A forty-year-old who sold textiles remembers being treated like a sex toy “at the mercy of men”.
“When it took them, market guards or police officers would ask me to follow them to an empty room, outside the market, or somewhere else of their choice,” said the woman quoted in the report. HRW.
“Sexual violence in North Korea is an open secret, widely tolerated and untreated,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of HRW.
The North Korean regime claims that it protects and defends “genuine human rights” and that the West does not have to impose its criteria in this regard on the rest of the world.