The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK released the following press statement on Sunday:
On April 1, a so-called "human rights resolution" against the DPRK was railroaded through the 49th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK rejects outright the "human rights resolution", a product of illegal and inhumane policy of hostility of the US to the DPRK, condemning it bitterly as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our state and a political provocation against it.
As the fair and impartial international community recognizes, the anti-DPRK “human rights resolution” the US and Western countries come out with every year has nothing to do with genuine human rights, and it is no more than a highly politicized means of hostility to tarnish the dignified image of the DPRK and deny the genuine rights and interests of the Korean people.
Rights and interests of the people are given top priority and regarded as absolute, and the most genuine human rights fully conforming with the ideals and demands of the popular masses are being enjoyed in the DPRK where people-first politics has been embodied in the state activities and the overall social life.
All kinds of social evils and acts of institutional human rights violations such as racial discrimination, national chauvinism, violence against women, abuse of children's rights, police violence and gun-related crimes are rampant in the US and the Western countries. But ridiculously they pose as “human rights judges”. It is really the height of deception, hypocrisy, shamelessness and double standard.
We express serious concern over the fact that the UNHRC is now being reduced to a tool of the US and Western countries for serving their unjust political ends, oblivious of its inherent mission to reject the politicization, selectivity and double standard of human rights and contribute to the worldwide protection and promotion of human rights through dialogue and cooperation based on the principles of impartiality and objectivity.
It is natural for the international society to keep a close watch on and flatly oppose and reject the grave trend where the human rights issue is misused as an excuse for and a guide to infringement on the sovereignty, interference in the internal affairs, armed invasion and system overthrow of other countries, falling prey to ulterior political purpose of the US and Western countries.
Human rights are national sovereignty.
The DPRK will show zero tolerance for hostile acts by the US and its followers and will do its best to safeguard our socialist system and the genuine people’s rights which our people value as their life.