said the practice of killing newborns with disabilities is encouraged
by the state as a way of purifying the masses and eliminating people
who might be considered "different,” reported Reuters.
He told members
of the New Right Union, who were gathered at the forum, that babies
born with physical disabilities were killed in infancy in hospitals or
in homes and were quickly buried, reported Reuters. He said he never
took part in the practice.
The group issued
a statement, urging the South Korean government to stop its “silent
diplomacy” with its northern neighbor and to take immediate action. But
the South Korean government has refused to join international
condemnation of North Korea’s human rights abuses for fear that it
could put off relations with Pyongyang.
activists in the West fear that the prevalence of abortion in the
Western world will eventually lead Western countries down the slippery
slope toward this practice as well.
Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed
soon after they are born, according to Dr. Ri Kwang-chol, who fled the
communist country to South Korea last year. He shared his shocking
tales yesterday with a forum of human rights activists in Soeul.