Monday, June 8, 2009

Ling & Lee Sentenced by North Korea

NY Times: The United States government and Western rights groups protested Monday after North Korea’s highest court sentenced two American journalists [Laura Ling and Euna Lee] to 12 years of hard labor, a move that introduced another complicating factor into Washington’s stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests and its broader nuclear ambitions.

...The human rights group Amnesty International sharply criticized the legal procedures behind the women’s sentence and called for their immediate release. “No access to lawyers, no due process, no transparency: the North Korean judicial and penal systems are more instruments of suppression than of justice,” said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific deputy director.

President Obama's plate just keeps getting piled higher and higher. And doesn't Amnesty International's criticism sound like they're talking about Gitmo?

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