29 Dec '11, 3am

United Nations flies flag at half-mast to mark Kim Jong Il's funeral

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The flag of the United Nations flew at half-mast on Wednesday at the world's body headquarters in New York and its Geneva offices to mark the funeral for late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Choi Soung Ah, a spokesman for UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon, said it was customary practice for the UN flag to be lowered to half-mast upon the deaths of leaders of UN member states. The non-governmental organisation UN Watch said while protocol had to be followed, 'the world body must not forget that its founding purpose is to defend basic human rights.' 'Sadly, that message is at serious risk of being blurred today,' UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer said. 'Today should be a time for the UN to show solidarity with the victims - the millions of North Koreans brutalised by Kim's merciless policies of starvation and oppression - and not with the perpet...

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