calendar>>December 22. 2009 Juche 98
Japan's Human Rights Abuses under Fire
Pyongyang, December 22 (KCNA) -- These days Japan is going so foolish and ridiculous as to peddle the fictitious "human rights issue" of the DPRK in the international arena in a bid to internationalize it and tarnish its image.

Rodong Sinmun Tuesday observes in a signed article in this regard:

The anti-DPRK "human rights" ruckus kicked up by Japan only strips bare its crafty aim to keep the human rights abuses perpetrated by it in the past buried into oblivion forever and divert elsewhere the attention of the world.

By nature Japan is not qualified to talk about human rights issues in any place of world, being ill-famed for its human rights abuses.

When looking back on history, Japan has committed indelible crimes against the Koreans and other Asians. The monstrous human rights abuses committed by the Japanese imperialists during their occupation of Korea are recorded in history as stark facts.

During their more than 40 year-long colonial rule over Korea after illegally occupying it by force of arms in the first half of the 20th century the Japanese imperialists forcibly drafted and kidnapped at least 8.4 million young and middle-aged Koreans either to use them as cannon fodder in the shambles of war or force them to do slave labor. They, at the same time, took away 200,000 Korean women, reducing them to "comfort women" for the Imperial Japanese Army.

Many of those Koreans were killed by them. Not content with these atrocities, they committed such unheard-of crimes as depriving Koreans of their own names and spoken and written languages.

Japan, however, is brazen-facedly denying its crimes and distorting its crime-woven history, far from honestly reflecting on its past crimes and settling them. These behaviors are an intolerable insult and a mockery of the Korean people as they only add to its crimes.

The statute of limitation is not applicable to the human rights abuses. Japan should, therefore, stop evading its responsibility for its past hideous human rights abuses and redeem them as soon as possible.

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