Foes of the United States continue to seize the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri as an opportunity to paint the nation’s leaders as hypocrites.
The Associated Press reports North Korea is the most recent, with that country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman calling the U.S. the “graveyard of human rights.”
“The U.S. is indeed a country wantonly violating human rights where people are subject to discrimination and humiliation due to their race, and are in constant fear that they may get shot at any moment,” the spokesman said in a statement, read on state-run news channels Tuesday.
The remarks are seen by many as an attempt to push back at Washington leadership for denouncing North Korea’s poor human rights record.
“[The U.S.] should not seek solutions to its problems in suppressing demonstrators, but bring to light the real picture of the American society, a graveyard of human rights, and have a correct understanding of what genuine human rights are like and how they should be guaranteed,” the statement continued, according to Inquisitr.
But North Korea is not the first country to point out that demonstrations in Missouri are proof that the U.S. does not have the pristine human rights record it sometimes like to pretend it does.
The most recent protests sprang up in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for shooting an unarmed black teenager.
But talk of hypocrisy began back in August when the first wave of protests hit the city after Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The New York Times reported then that Russian news stations were running images every hour of police, clad in riot gear, working to quell the demonstrations.
“Cases of racism are still not rare in the nation of exemplary democracy,” one news anchor was reported to have said.
Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s special representative for human rights, also offered his opinions on the shooting and the subsequent protests.
“While urging other countries to guarantee the freedom of speech and not to suppress antigovernment protests, the United States authorities at home are not too soft with those actively expressing discontent over persistent inequalities, actual discrimination and the situation of ‘second class’ citizens,” Dolgov said. “American human rights activists are sounding the alarm.”