Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
August 12, Juche 110 (2021)
The United States is obsessing over admonishing other countries, behaving habitually like a “human rights judge.”
Then, what about the human rights situation in the U.S.?
Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their precious lives because the U.S. has not properly responded to COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond this shocking happenings, the living people are wandering in despair and pain without enjoying even the elementary right to existence. This is where the United States stands now.
According to data, 6.5 million families and over 15 million inhabitants in the U.S. are now in the position to be forcibly evicted from their homes for their inability to pay the rents due to the insufficient income caused by COVID-19 pandemic, and this number is projected to further increase over time.
From September last year, the U.S. Administration is said to have taken so-called “eviction moratorium” as a means to prevent the inhabitants – to be evicted due to their inability to pay the rents – from being exposed to the pandemic. However, it has been merely a stopgap measure designed to silence their complaints.
This has been substantiated by the actions taken by the Administration and the Congress following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the Administration has no power to extend the “eviction moratorium” and if extension is needed, the Congress should appropriate additional budget.
The Administration and the Congress busied themselves with shifting responsibilities onto others, with the former insisting that the budgetary matter is within the competence of the Congress and the latter asserting that it hadn’t received notification from the former that the “eviction moratorium” is due to be expired. The emergency meeting of the Congress convened somehow to discuss the extension of “eviction moratorium” degenerated into a fruitless, point-scoring partisan fight.
While the Administration and the Congress were wasting time, the “eviction moratorium” expired, and a number of people at risk of homelessness staged protests.
The U.S. Administration, frightened by the unexpected developments, made a last-ditch attempt to extend the “eviction moratorium” for 60 days to be applicable only to the pandemic-ridden regions. But, a great number of inhabitants without ability to pay the rents are spending every day in worries and panic for fear of unforeseeable eviction.
Notwithstanding this reality, the United States, instead of taking measures to ensure the elementary right of the inhabitants to existence, is engrossed in meddling with others’ internal affairs, impudently poking its nose into human rights situations of other countries.
The international society denounces and derides the reality of the U.S., saying that the U.S. should first remedy its dismal human rights situation before taking up others’ “human rights issue”; there are few countries like the U.S. which carries serious human rights problems; and ensuring human rights in the U.S. is tantamount to building a castle in the air.
Before talking impudently about “human rights issue” of other countries, the U.S. should address the human rights problems of its own society which are daily getting worse owing to its anti-popular policies.