Human Rights

Pompeo sanctions China over human rights abuses against the Uyghurs, calling it the ‘stain of the century’

The United States has increased its pressure on the Chinese government to stop the reported human rights abuses being committed against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China by hitting them with more sanctions. “The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities rank as the stain of the century,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. “The Trump Administration has led the world’s effort to impose tangible costs on the PRC’s continuous campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, intrusive surveillance, forced labor, forced population control, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at these groups,” he added. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) a paramilitary organization for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and an offender of human rights abuses. The Treasury Department also placed sanctions on Sun Jinlong, a former Political Commissar of the XPCC, and Peng Jiarui, the Deputy Party Secretary and Commander of the XPCC, for their involvement in the reported abuses. “As previously stated, the United States is committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to hold human rights abusers accountable in Xinjiang and across the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said Friday. The U.S. has placed several sanctions of Chinese officials and entities amid reports of human rights abuses. On July 9, Chen Quanguo, the First Political Commissar of the XPCC, was placed under designation by the U.S. “Following his arrival in the region, Chen Quanguo began implementing a comprehensive surveillance, detention, and indoctrination program in Xinjiang, targeting Uyghurs and members of other ethnic minorities,” Pompeo said in a statement Friday. Several American government agencies warned companies against “reputational, economic, and legal risk” of working in the Xinjiang region because of the reports of forced labor. The Department of Commerce placed sanctions on nine Chinese entities with suspected relations to human rights abuses in Xinjiang. China has said that Pompeo’s hard stance against human rights abuses is nothing more than a distraction from the COVID-19 public health crisis unfolding in the U.S. during an election year. “Pompeo’s remarks are a patchwork of political lies against China that disregard facts and distort truth,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during a press conference Friday. “However, they are doomed to fail because the world won’t buy what they are selling; peace-loving people won’t allow it; and the Chinese people won’t be intimidated,” Webin added without ever specifically mentioning the Uyghurs. The U.S. is not alone in condemning the actions being taken against the Uyghurs. The U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused China of “gross and egregious” acts earlier this month and parliament is expected to debate sanctions.

We’re happy to see this.  The U.S. and its allies need to continue increasing pressure on the Chinese Communist Party (CPP) for it’s continued military aggression around the world, and for not accepting responsibility for the virus it unleashed on the world.

State Dept.: North Korea Using Executions, Torture Against ‘Serious Threat’ of Christianity

The U.S. State Department affirms in its annual International Religious Freedom Report, published Tuesday, that the communist regime controlling North Korea “considered Christianity a serious threat, as it challenged the official cult of personality and provided a platform for social and political organization and interaction outside the government.” The State Department – citing United Nations reports, NGOs, and media organizations specializing in North Korea coverage – found that Kim Jong-un’s regime regularly employed “arbitrary executions, political prison camps, and torture amounting to crimes against humanity” against anyone suspected of adhering to any faith, but targeted Christians in particular throughout 2017. Various reports estimated “119 killings and 87 disappearances” based on religious persecution, the report notes. It also cites multiple advocacy groups that have concluded that North Korea hosts a population of up to 400,000 Christians, though it is nearly impossible to confirm those numbers, and that between 10-45 percent of Christians are languishing in the nation’s concentration camps. A United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) found this year that “based on the government’s own figures, the proportion of religious adherents among the population dropped from close to 24 percent in 1950 to 0.016 percent in 2002,” the report notes. The report also suggested that persecution of individuals suspected of being Christians increased recently, targeting North Korean citizens for “crimes” ranging from being found in possession of religious material to simply loitering near a church too long for police to be comfortable with their presence, or driving by a church too many times. North Korea does allow a small number of legal churches in Pyongyang, the capital, but defectors and visitors report that they appear largely for show, with no proof that real Christians attend services in them, or that the sermons provided in the few known services to occur offer anything more than Kim cult propaganda. Some defectors said that they knew of the churches as “sightseeing spots for foreigners,” without knowing the true nature of a place of worship. Nonetheless, defectors have said in interviews that North Korean police are quick to arrest anyone who appears too interested in the areas. “One defector said when he lived in Pyongyang, authorities arrested individuals who they believed lingered too long outside these churches to listen to the music or consistently drove past them around each week when services were being held on suspicion of being secret Christians,” the report notes. The full International Religious Freedom Report for 2017, is available at the State Department’s website, divided by country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference Tuesday morning announcing the publication of this year’s edition. The State Department concluded, citing interviews with defectors and NGO reports published throughout 2017, that there existed in the country “an almost complete denial by the government of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, and in many instances, violations of human rights committed by the government constituted crimes against humanity.” The report notes that the UN “condemned in the strongest terms the long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations” against religious people in the country. Christians suffered the most systematic persecution…

Of course they did..  IF President Trump actually meets with Kim Jong ding dong, he needs to put pressure on him for more religious tolerance.  Granted, it doesn’t rise to the level of denulcearization, in terms of our national security.  But, if he can certainly use the time to put in a plug for religious freedom while they’re sitting across from one another.  Just sayin..  For more of this article, click on the text above..

North Korea firing squad carries out public executions in school yards, report says

Kim Jong Un’s brutal North Korean regime shot so-called “criminals” to death in schoolyards and fish markets in a twisted attempt to create an “atmosphere of fear” throughout the dictatorship, a Wednesday report from a human rights group revealed. The report, released by The Transnational Justice Working Group in Seoul, gathered information from more than 300 North Korean refugees who witnessed the regime’s firing squad executing criminals in public areas to attract large crowds and instill fear in its citizens. “In ordinary areas outside the prison system, our interviewees stated that public executions take place near river banks, in river beds, near bridges, in public sports stadiums, in the local marketplace, on school grounds in the fringes of the city, or on mountainsides,” the report stated. The report said people were publicly executed for crimes such as stealing rice and livestock and distributing South Korean media. Those prisoners were mixed in with citizens convicted of violent crimes, such as murder and manslaughter, as well as organized prostitution and sexual assault. “Many interviewees said that the final decision for a public execution was often influenced by individuals having a ‘bad’ family background in addition to the crime they were alleged to have committed,” the report stated. The executions were carried out publicly to create an “atmosphere of fear,” according to the report. The South Korean non-governmental organization that authored the document also mapped out the “killing sites” in provinces within the dictatorship, hoping such detailed work would finally help to hold the rogue regime accountable for what TJWG called crimes against humanity. “The maps and the accompanying testimonies create a picture of the scale of the abuses that have taken place over decades,” the report said. Kim’s regime has long denied human rights abuses. But in 2014, a United Nations commission report found the country had a slew of human rights violations. North Korea, however, has continued to insist its citizens are protected under the country’s constitution, Reuters reported. Pyongyang also accuses the United States of being the “world’s worst rights violator.” Questions about North Korea’s treatment of prisoners recently made international news after American student Otto Warmbier died last month. Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor last year for allegedly stealing a political poster from a hotel in Pyongyang. But North Korea returned him last month to his Cincinnati home in a coma. Warmbier suffered from severe brain damage and soon died. North Korea denied cruelly treating or torturing Warmbier during his time in prison, saying they were the “biggest victim” in the incident.

…a tactic that the DPRK often employs when accused of anything.  North Korea is truly an evil empire.  We recommend a National Geographic video that came out on DVD back in 2007 called:  “Inside North Korea.”    You can Google it and see a youtube excerpt from the DVD.  Also, this is an eye-opening link:

Kim Jong Un sends North Korean slaves to Russia to earn cash for regime

Brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is shipping tens of thousands of impoverished citizens to Russia for the hard currency his cash-strapped regime desperately needs, Fox News has found. Alarmed human rights groups say the North Korea workers in Russia are little more than slaves, subjected to everything from cruel and violent acts to ruthless exploitation at the hands of corrupt officials, while being forced to turn over large chunks of their pay to the North Korean government. A report issued earlier this year by the Seoul-based Data Base Center for North Korean Human Rights estimates that about 50,000 North Korean laborers are working low-paying jobs in Russia. They send at least $120 million every year to the regime in Pyongyang. “The North Korean government maintains strict controls over their workers’ profits, in some cases probably taking 90 percent of their wages,” Scott Synder, director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council of Foreign Relations, said..

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North Korea expands secret prison camp for women forcibly returned from China

The communist regime in North Korea has been expanding space for women in its notorious prison labor camps to accommodate the number of Koreans forcibly returned from China, where they had sought the economic means to survive. The atrocities that await inmates in the North Korean gulag include forced labor, savage beatings, starvation, episodic executions and other crimes against humanity, according to a new report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (CHRNK), a Washington-based non-profit group. The most recent changes in North Korea’s remote and extensive secret prison network is documented in The Hidden Gulag IV, an update of the Committee’s decade-long examination of the North Korean system, published on Friday. The report is buttressed by a separate analysis of satellite photographs and based on interviews with inmates who endured stays in the horrific system and subsequently escaped to South Korea after their release. The Kim regime steadfastly denies the existence of any and all of the camps. The Committee report is an attempt to document changes in North Korea’s gruesome prison landscape since early last year, when a U.N. appointed commission issued its own report on North Korean widespread and savage repression of its own citizenry, and the U.N. Security Council for the first time debated whether to refer the Kim regime’s human rights atrocities to the International Criminal Court as crimes against humanity. (The Security Council discussion is ongoing.) “What we are trying to do is track changes in the prison camp system since then,” David Hawk, author of the CHRNK report, told Fox News. The effort, however, is slow, difficult and almost always lagging behind events, as it can take “two, three or four years” for camp survivors to successfully escape to South Korea after enduring their horrifying experiences. The CHRNK report focuses specifically on changes at a labor camp in a mountainous region of North Korea’s coastal North Hamgyong province, and at a notorious political prison in neighboring South Hamgyong that is often used for political purge victims from the capital of Pyongyang, and where one section, known as a “re-revolutionizing zone,” was recently demolished—a sign that its inmates have been relocated or otherwise disappeared. Among other things, the 1,000-women expansion of space at a formerly all-male labor camp likely means that other prisons for women “are overflowing with the arrival of larger numbers of North Korean women forcibly repatriated from China,” Hawk said. The women are imprisoned for the “crime” of leaving North Korea in the first place, Hawk said, and their return by Chinese authorities is itself considered by the Committee to be a contravention of international humanitarian law, as the women face certain punishment for something normally considered a human right in leaving North Korea in the first place. The prison expansion is also a sign of the ugly choices facing North Korean women in general. In the past they fled to China largely to escape outright starvation at home, Hawk said. Now some also leave for the less desperate reason of pursuing marginal economic opportunities. Once in China, they are often picked up randomly by police, and detained until “a bus-load” can be driven back to North Korea. The prison expansion is also a sign of the ugly choices facing North Korean women in general. In the past they fled to China largely to escape outright starvation at home, Hawk said. Now some also leave for the less desperate reason of pursuing marginal economic opportunities. Once in China, they are often picked up randomly by police, and detained until “a bus-load” can be driven back to North Korea. Once back, they are “interrogated, often brutally,” Hawk said. If police decide they have committed no “political offense”—which can include any contact with South Koreans, or with any Christian churches—they are sentenced to anywhere between six months and three years of hard labor and placed in the labor camp system.

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UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights

What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel. Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights villain. The U.N. Human Rights Council wrapped up its latest session in Geneva on Friday, March 27 by adopting four resolutions condemning Israel. That’s four times more than any of the other 192 UN member states. There were four resolutions on Israel. And one on North Korea — a country that is home to government policies of torture, starvation, enslavement, rape, disappearances, and murder – to name just some of its crimes against humanity. Four resolutions on Israel. And one on Syria. Where the death toll of four years of war is 100,000 civilians, ten million people are displaced, and barrel bombs containing chemical agents like chlorine gas are back in action. Four resolutions on Israel. And one on Iran. Where there is no rule of law, no free elections, no freedom of speech, corruption is endemic, protestors are jailed and tortured, religious minorities are persecuted, and pedophilia is state-run. At last count, in 2012 Iranian courts ordered more than 30,000 girls ages 14 and under to be “married. And what did that one resolution on Iran say? Co-sponsored by the United States, it was labelled a “short procedural text,” consisting of just three operative paragraphs that contained not a single condemnation of Iran. The Israel resolutions, on the other hand, were full of “demands,” “condemns,” “expresses grave concern,” and “deplores” – along with orders to “cease immediately” a long list of alleged human rights violations. Ninety percent of states – inhabited by 6.6 billion people – got no mention at all. Countries like China, Qatar, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. For the UN, there was not one human rights violation worthy of mention by any of these human rights horror shows. Why not? For starters, China, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia are all members of the UN Human Rights Council. Actually protecting human rights is not a condition of being elected to the Council, and thereby transforming into a UN authority on what counts as a human rights violation. The Cubans successfully engineered a Council resolution on protecting “cultural rights” – minus free expression. The Palestinians – whose unity government includes the terrorist group Hamas – co-sponsored the resolution “effects of terrorism on the enjoyment of human rights.” The Organization of Islamic Cooperation – representing states where converting to Christianity is subject to the death penalty – sponsored a resolution called “combating intolerance of persons based on religion or belief.” Playing at caring about human rights is the U.N. game. And no state does it better than Iran.

This makes me want to vomit.  The very notion that Israel, the only democracy in the middle east, is somehow guilty of more so-called “human rights” violations than Iran, North Korea, China, Russia and other similar evil regimes would be laughable, if it weren’t so pathetic and intellectually offensive.  No wonder Bibi was re-elected!  The people of Israel haven’t forgotten WWII, and what they went through.  And, today we see the UN for what it really is; a bunch of self-serving, dishonest, anti-semitic fascists…who want to divert attention away from THEIR own horrifying records of human rights abuses, and on to the world’s favorite pinata; Israel.  Shame on us, and Obama in particular, for just going along with that and letting the worlds’ tyrants and dictators, under the umbrella of the UN, and along with the liberal media push their lies and their false narrative.  It’s time to kick the UN out of NYC and send it back to Geneva…and its time that we stop funding the overwhelming majority of it’s nonsense that isn’t in our national security interests anyway.

Dozens of Christians ‘including women and children’ are arrested in Saudi Arabia after tip-off to state’s Islamist police force

28 people were arrested at home of Indian man in the eastern city of Khafji

Yep. These are our Islamic “friends” in the middle east. Next time you hear someone like Obama, John Kerry, or even John McCain while talking about ISIS, say how “tolerant” and peaceful Islam is, keep THIS in mind. Lets be clear, and cut through bs. There is ZERO tolerance in the Islamic community/world for other faiths/beliefs. It is illegal to even have a Bible in Saudi Arabia!

Anyway, Obama AND John Kerry SHOULD say something to King Abdullah behind closed doors, and push for the release of these Christians being persecuted for their religious beliefs.

N. Korea jails US citizen Matthew Miller to six years’ hard labour

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced US citizen Matthew Miller to six years’ hard labour for “hostile” acts, two weeks after he and two other detained Americans had pleaded for help from Washington.

This is a toughy… The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is a brutal, evil regime that starves its people each year by the millions, and has hundreds of thousands in brutal gulag concentration camps. The country is run by a spoiled brat lunatic that doesn’t know which part of its interaction with other countries (like the USA) is an XBOX ONE video game, and which part is reality…which makes things difficult and very dangerous. Of course the Obama Administration should do everything it can to secure the release of these Americans. That said, I think this is a pretty good example of why Americans should NOT go to N. Korea to visit. Its a pretty silly, and risky, thing to do. Yeah, it IS, technically, possible to visit the DPRK. BUT, its expensive, the process takes forever, and there are a LOT of hoops to jump through…and you’re NEVER alone. Government officials are always watching. And, then weird things like this happen. Did this guy really tear up his visa? Or was he just snagged and THEY tore it up? I’m willing to bet he probably didn’t do anything, and is being used as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the Obama Administration. But, I suspect we won’t know for a while; maybe even 6 years. So, if you go to N. Korea, then I think you’re on your own…and if something like this happens, you were warned and too bad, so sad.

North Korea Rejects Int’l Human Rights Assessment; Launches Its Own Investigation, Surfing Tours

North Korea Rejects Int’l Human Rights Assessment; Launches Its Own Investigation, Surfing Tours

Imagine that!  N. Korea is rejecting the idea that they’re a barbaric, evil dictatorship that persecutes Christians, starves its people, conducts forced abortions, and so on..   Big surprise.  Not.  N. Korea is all of that, and THEN some.  Its starves MILLIONS of its people each year, yet it spends an ungodly amount on its defense budget each year, and threatens its southern neighbor and the U.S., among others.  And, the only reason it gets away with what it does, is because its big brother to the north, communist China, is propping it up with money, trade, and weapon systems. ..which, as an aside, is yet another reason why we need to treat China as an adversary; not a “regional partner.”