North Korea seized on the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. to condemn the United States as a “graveyard of human rights,” the Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday.
“The US 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,” a spokesman from North Korea’s foreign ministry said, as quoted by state news agency KCNA.
The spokesman added that the US should “mind its own business” rather than interfering in other countries’ affairs.
The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer on Aug. 9 sparked over a week of heated protests against law enforcement. Officers overseeing the protests used tear gas and rubber bullets at times to control the demonstrators.
The United States regularly condemns North Korea for human rights abuses. The isolated nation is believed to be holding up to 120,000 political prisoners, according to the AFP.