Giving OffenceOmigawd! There goes Canada again. Off on its mission to reform the human-rights-abusing countries of the world. Well, hardly. There are simply too many of them performing that life disqualifying task to tackle. But those whose abuses are that well-known and -observed as to qualify for especial notice - to make it abundantly clear that their oppressive miseries are not overlooked - that does merit concentrated attention.
At least, at the very least, to make it an annual obligation to bring to task through the auspices of one of those United Nations-inspired humanitarian committees, to bring forward the names and humanitarian crime-commissions of the outstanding offenders. Canada has brought forward time and time again the human-rights abuses of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Much to Iran's chagrin and offence, and they do take offence.
In taking offence, they also take pot-shots at Canada, accusing Canada of the very human rights violations that they themselves are guilty of. But this is a regime that has become exceedingly skilled at turning the charges brought against them that have their basis in stark reality, against those leading the charge against them who are in reality innocent of those same charges that make a mockery of decency and due process.
Seems, on reflection, Canada is becoming a glutton for punishment. Turning aside from the counter-charges to resolutely charge ahead to commit to calling it the way it is. Not precisely making any new friends in the enterprise of revealing and denouncing the world's most egregious human rights abusers, but doing so to mount a defence of the defenceless, to have them know that they are not alone and forgotten.
And so, for the second time within two succeeding days, Canada has irritated the hell out of yet another nasty regime, calling to account at the same UN humanitarian committee, the face of inhumanity toward humanity that exists within the Republic of North Korea. Just as Iran was mortally, if not morally, offended, so too is North Korea outraged at this calling out in such an "insulting" manner by the Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, Guillermo Rishchynski.
"The passing of totalitarian leader Kim Jong-il presented an opportunity for the regime to emerge from six decades of self-inflicted misery and isolation. Canada calls on the regime to close its concentration camps and to abide by its human rights obligations. Even the strongest dictatorship cannot withstand faith, it cannot withstand truth, and it cannot withstand freedom. The people of North Korea deserve to have freedom and are entitled to the basic rights that all should enjoy. We hope to one day see this day."
"Groundless allegations", according to North Korean envoy to the UN Kim Sook. Who urged Canada to "give up its hostile policy against" his country. Canada's lead on the non-binding resolution drafted by the European Union, adopted by the 193-nation committee through consensus was slated to pass at the General Assembly.
But not without an indignant response from Mr. Sook who deplored the insult to his country's "Supreme Authority". "We never think of our country without his name. Under the wise leadership of great leader and comrade Kim Jong-il, Korean people [have] made great achievement so far and we will develop in the future, too", he pledged defensively. Obviously taken aback at the slur to the sacred name of the great leader and unskilled at pointed repartee, having much yet to learn from Iran.
As for the resolution on North Korea, which Canada has declared it has no intention of backing down from, insisting on calling for improved human rights conditions in North Korea, that country need not fear, for it has friends in low places. Iran, along with China, Cuba and Venezuela rejected the resolution put forward in the UN on North Korea.
Proving yet again that old adage that birds of a feather stick together.