The Roh Government, Push “the Universal Value of Humankind to the End”.

[imText1]The South Korean government decided to join the purpose of international community to solve the N. Korean human right problems. On the 16th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trades announced that it would vote for the U.N resolution on N. Korean human right problems.

For the North Koreans whose human rights have been abused, such action is somewhat late. However, it is good that even from now on, the government is going to contribute to the improvement of N. Korea along with international community. We welcome and support its stance.

Until now, the South Korean government averted its eyes from the human rights of the North Korean people, its own people. Because of it, it has gotten a name ‘underdeveloped human rights country’. Yet, now it became to avoid hard eyes from international community. Ban Ki Moon, the unofficially decided Secretary-General of the U.N., will keep his word that, “I will do my best to practically improve the human rights of the North Korean people”.

Yet, the reasons that the government voted for the U.N resolution weigh on my mind. The first reason was that since the N. Korean nuclear test, international public opinion has been getting worse. The second is that South Korea throw up Ban Ki Moon as a Secretary-General of the U.N so that it cannot apply the extraordinary nature of the Korean peninsular to the universal value, human rights.

The first reason implies that it opens upon the human rights problems of North Korea as a retaliatory measure against is nuclear test. The second is that it voted for the U.N resolution to save Ban Ki Moon’s face.

The logic without principles is useless. If the six-party talk will resume and the relationship between the South and the North is getting better, then it would change its policies? It would be against the U.N resolution? If his term expires, then it would change its stance? It would neglect the universal value on the pretext of the extraordinary nature of the Korean peninsular?

The government has claimed that we do not use the human rights problems of N. Korea politically. Nevertheless, it is about to vote for the U.N resolution just in the logic of international public opinion and universal value for the retaliatory measure and for Ban Ki Moon’s honor.

Now the government should show its reasonable principle that it would vote for the U.N resolution to improve the human rights problems of the North Korean people. It should declare that it will not avert from the universal value on the pretext of the extraordinary nature of the Korean peninsular.

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