North Korea will assume the presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament (UN) on Monday. It does so with the rejection of at least 40 non-governmental organizations accredited by the organization.
According to UN Watch, the organizations are urging countries and the European Union to have their ambassadors leave the conference while the presidency is in the hands of North Korea. “Having the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un preside over global nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” .
He added: “This is a country that threatens to attack other UN member states with missiles, and that commits atrocities against its own people. Torture and starvation are routine in North Korean political prison camps where an estimated 100,000 people are held in what is one of the world’s most dire human-rights situations.”
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Neuer also explained that the country is the world’s largest weapons proliferator. “The regime builds its own nuclear weapons in contravention of its treaty commitments. Pyongyang sells missile and atomic know-how to other rogue regimes in blatant violation of U.N. sanctions.”
“If the U.N. seeks to be an institution with a moral compass, it cannot allow the likes of North Korea to head arms control agencies, and to keep electing the world’s worst abusers on its top human rights body,” Neuer added.