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North Korea State Media: Gay UN Official Is 'Disgusting Old Lecher'

Michael Kirby is the openly gay chairperson of the United Nations agency that just published a report which found harsh human rights violations in North Korea. Just two short months after the announcement of the investigation's findings, the country has issued a personal attack on Kirby.

_73038632_de27The criticism comes in the form of an outrageous homophobic editorial published by state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) which not only blasts Kirby, but homosexuality in general.

According to The Washington Post, it reads in part:

As for Kirby who took the lead in cooking the "report", he is a disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality. He is now over seventy, but he is still anxious to get married to his homosexual partner. This practice can never be found in the DPRK boasting of the sound mentality and good morals, and homosexuality has become a target of public criticism even in Western countries, too. In fact, it is ridiculous for such gay to sponsor dealing with others' human rights issue.

KCNA went on to describe Kirby and the other authors of the UN report as "dirty swindlers." Read the full North Korean editorial here.

The Washington Post notes the significance of North Korean state media's reference to homosexuality:

...the use of homophobic insults seems exceptional, even for North Korea: A quick search of KCNA appears to show that this is the first time the agency has used the word "homosexual" since the agency went online. Officially,  homosexuality doesn't exist in North Korea, and there appear to be no laws on the books banning it.  In the rare moments it is acknowledged, it is viewed negatively. In an article for NK News published last year, Oliver Hotham wrote that many North Koreans have little knowledge of homosexuality, and it is often viewed as a foreign concept.

Read the full UN report here.

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  1. I'd like a "career of homosexuality" too. Does the University of Phoenix offer an online course for that?

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Apr 25, 2014 11:40:44 AM


  2. Russia is anti-gay. Russia forgave North Korean debt. North Korea suddenly starts echoing Russian anti-gay rhetoric. Go figure.

    Posted by: phluidik | Apr 25, 2014 11:43:15 AM


  3. At least Joan Rivers didn't say it.

    Posted by: Gare | Apr 25, 2014 12:08:24 PM


  4. Anti-gay animus is the least of the problems facing North Koreans every day. Poor wretches.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 25, 2014 12:37:20 PM


  5. Has Scott Lively been treasonable with Kim Jong Whatever too ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 25, 2014 12:37:57 PM


  6. Here's a video of North Korea's new updated national anthem:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebgsNCKU9ak

    .... just the first couple of minutes of the video.

    (well, it's what they could use - the title of the song, "I've got plenty of nothing," fits pretty well).

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 25, 2014 3:06:18 PM


  7. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that North Korea speaks in some kind of 1950s cartoon criminal speak?

    Seriously, "dirty swindlers" ???

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 25, 2014 3:08:39 PM


  8. The people of North Korea deserve sympathy. Saying or doing the wrong thing and they are whisked off to prison for hard labor for the rest of their lives.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Apr 25, 2014 5:10:52 PM


  9. So North Korea is like Iran- workers' paradises without any homosexuals.

    Where does Dennis Rodman, who's "kind of gay" and a friend of Kim Jong Un's fit into this?

    Posted by: Abdullah | Apr 25, 2014 10:38:11 PM



  10. Note that Michael Kirby is a retired High Court Justice here in Australia with a distinguished, 50-year long career in the human rights arena. This is just homophobia.

    Posted by: Wirrrn | Apr 26, 2014 4:38:01 AM


  11. NK commits genocide against its own people. Are we expecting a ray of sunshine here or something?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 26, 2014 11:08:15 AM


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