WASHINGTON A new U.N. report on human rights violations in North Korea compares conditions in the country to the atrocities of Nazi Germany and details crimes against humanity within the country's vast labor camps including "systematic extermination, torture, rape, forced abortions and starvation." The panel recommends the prosecution of the country's top leaders by the international criminal court, though as long as ally China holds a veto on the security council, this is extremely unlikely.
The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland takes note of the likelihood of international inaction in response to the report, along with similarly chilling recent reports out of Syria, and argues that with China and Russia running interference for their autocratic allies and U.S. and European publics extremely weary of military intervention, today is "a good time to be a dictator, a butcher or the torturing head of a brutal regime. The world will let you carry on killing even when it knows exactly what is happening".
It's certainly a question worth considering during an Olympic games held in a country that is both committing grave human rights abuses at home and abetting far worse crimes abroad. This is something of a banner month for dictatorial impunity.