Monday, July 16, 2007

Greens continue to ignore Camp 22

So the Greens had a "day of action against genocide" on Bastille Day.
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How absolutely disgusting.
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How dare Metiria Turei claim that current policy on aborigines is akin to the Holocaust, akin to the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians, akin to the Hutu genocide against the Tutsi, akin to Saddam's slaughter of Kurds, akin to Year Zero in Cambodia (not strictly genocide, but was mass murder of people according to a stereotypical group), or even akin to policies towards Aborigines in the 19th century? She diminishes what the word "genocide" means - the deliberate or reckless killing of a large number of people of a particular ethnic group.
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and how can she remain ignorant of Camp 22, No. 14 Gaechun camp, No. 18 Bukchang camp, No. 15 Yoduk camp, No. 16 Hwasong camp and No. 25 Chongjin camp - all slave labour camps, enslaving children as political prisoners? The silence from the Greens is deafening.
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While you're at it, get Rodney Hide and Heather Roy to support this too, they have every reason to do so. The North Korean gulags are an atrocity that should not be tolerated in the 21st century, and we should not let concern over its nuclear weapons arsenal blind us to this. I don't expect Winston Peters to give a damn as foreign Minister, I mean honestly, you really think MFAT would dare ruffle feathers by allowing him to send a formal protest to Pyongyang about it?
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More importantly, would those who proclaim NZ's "independent foreign policy" on something as virtually meaningless in real terms as nuclear armed ship visits, want to stick their neck out and have New Zealand demand the closure of North Korea's gulag? If not, why not?

3 comments:

Brian S said...

There is a lot of evidence that these camps are doing experiments on humans and operating gas chambers. This is witness testimony from the former head of security at Camp 22:

I witnessed a whole family being tested on suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber,' he said. 'The parents, son and and a daughter. The parents were vomiting and dying, but till the very last moment they tried to save kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing.'

Hyuk has drawn detailed diagrams of the gas chamber he saw. He said: 'The glass chamber is sealed airtight. It is 3.5 metres wide, 3m long and 2.2m high_ [There] is the injection tube going through the unit. Normally, a family sticks together and individual prisoners stand separately around the corners. Scientists observe the entire process from above, through the glass.


See:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/korea/article/0,2763,1136483,00.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/01/wnkor01.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/02/01/ixportal.html

Anonymous said...

is it not genocide if it happens in australia?

libertyscott said...

Of course, and there was a quasi-genocidal policy in Australia in the 19th century - but to equate what is going on in Australia now to the North Korean gulags is utter nonsense.

When I see that Aboriginal children are kept in labour camps, made to work as slaves 7 days a week, tortured, raped and starved, then I might say it's the same.

It's not anything close to that. In fact the biggest threat to many Aboriginal children are certain members of their own communities.