ALEXENDER MELTZERWERNER, Korean Central News Agency
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a document made to target and weaken the sovereignty of other countries by pushing foreign political agenda. This is especially true with the latest meeting of the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), where they discussed both the rewriting of the document to include guaranteeing the rights of LGBTQ communities, regardless of cultural values of other countries, and how to enforce these rights.
The hypocrisy of the SOCHUM can not be overstated. The delegates of Iran were quick to point this out, reminding the members of the committee that most of the countries present have gay marriage. By discussing more enforcement of human rights, they spit on the cultural values of other countries that are satisfied, and flourishing, the way they are. The delegates of China, who pointed out that China legalized gay marriage before the turn of the century, stated that while the UDHR is an important document, a country’s sovereignty and cultural values must be put into account before any rewriting of the document can be done.
Of course, there are some countries who are there to push their own political agenda onto other countries such as the delegates of Japan, who wish that more enforcement should be considered to safeguard LGBTQ rights. This is no surprise, Japan has a history with enforcing its will onto other countries. Japan’s proposal for more enforcement is a direct insult to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and is made to undermine the Korean people’s wish for peaceful unity of the Korean peninsula. They wish to use this enforcement to hinder the growth of the Korean people, along with other capitalist nations that support them such as, Canada and the United Kingdom. They fear the rise of the Korean people, and the juche ideal. The DPRK will take care of its citizens ensuring the greatest standard of living without having to adhere to opinionated documents such as the UDHR.
The UDHR should be kept as a value document and should be enforced at the discretion of the country. In addition, trying to add LGBTQ rights is hypocritical when the document is being mostly written by countries that don’t support all the points made in the document. If any additions to the UDHR is made, it should be written with consideration of the cultural values of each individual country, without the enforcement of political agenda to infringe on another country’s sovereignty.