Schatz: Dubbla standarder döljer övergrepp

Daniel Schatz, doktorand i statsvetenskap, skriver på Israel Hayom: Human Rights and Wrongs

The one-sidedness of the international human rights debate is clearly exemplified in the case of North Korea, one of the world’s worst human rights abusers. Pyongyang has established a system of prison camps throughout the country where 200,000 dissidents are subjected to systematic torture and starvation. 

Forced labor guarantees that no detainees are strong enough to rebel; attempts to escape are punished with torture and execution. Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran executed 175 people last year, including women, children and homosexuals by public hanging and stoning.

Equatorial Guinea, an oil-rich African country mired in corruption, poverty, and human rights repression under the leadership of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the country’s president for more than 30 years, systematically represses journalists, civil society, and members of the political opposition.

Amnesty describes how the dissident Epifanio Pascual Nguema Alogo was arrested without a warrant while police officers tortured him for four hours, beating him around the kidneys, belly and genitals. He passed blood in his urine for several days and was unable to walk or stand up straight.

Despite Guinea’s systematic engagement in torture and arbitrary detention, there has been complete silence on these abuses from the international media and human rights campaigners. The passivity toward one of the world’s most serious human rights abusers is so widespread that most human right’s activists will not be able to pinpoint the location of the country on a map.

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