North Korea to publish 'rosy' human rights report

Murals outside the People Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea

Report will show how 'bright' the country's future is and expose 'lies and fabrications' told by the UN

LAST UPDATED AT 12:19 ON Mon 11 Aug 2014

North Korea is preparing to publish its own report on human rights in the country in order to dispel the "prejudice and misunderstandings" people have about the regime of Kim Jong-un, AFP reports.

Compiled by the communist state's Association for Human Rights Studies, the authors of the report hope it will challenge the "lies and fabrications" spread about the country by so-called "hostile forces".

North Korea's version will "show the true picture of the people of the (North) advancing towards a brighter and rosy future", said a spokesperson.

The report is in response to an extensive investigation into human rights abuses conducted by the UN earlier this year, which revealed a shocking catalogue of crimes committed by Kim Jong-Un's regime.

The 400-page report alleged systematic abuses including rape, torture, and execution. Michael Kirby  the chair of the commission  that wrote the report said the claims would "shock the conscience of humanity", notes The Wall Street Journal.

There are currently believed to be between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners being held captive it the country's gulags.

When the UN commission said it wanted those responsible for the atrocities to be tried by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, North Korea's ambassador to the UN responded by telling the organisation to "mind its own business", and dismissed the allegations as "sheer fabrication".

The UN General Assembly will reconvene next month to discuss its report further. "This is Pyongyang’s attempt to get out in front of that and influence some of the non-aligned countries that might waver on stronger condemnatory language," said Sokeel Park, director of research and strategy at the NGO Liberty in North Korea. · 

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