North Korea says criticism of its human rights record is a gay conspiracy, and that the lead author of a UN report is a "disgusting old gay lecher"
|Kim Jong # Un|
Rights activists say that in a perverse sense there could be said to be a certain truth to the last part of that statement, at least in so far as anyone accused of being gay is always found guilty -- the secret police does not arrest innocent people, North Korea says -- and then shot.
Last week, North Korea issued a 53,000 word "rebuttal" to a 2014 UN report accusing the regime of "unspeakable" atrocities.
Overall, North Korea is estimated by the Black Book of Communism of having killed 2 million people since its inception.
There have been no demonstrations in Western capitals by gay rights groups over the remarks. Nor have there been any significant rallies or demonstrations against North Korea's rights record generally.