Rodman’s trip coincides with the release of a new report, based on satellite-imagery, from the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, exposing the regime’s expansion of its notorious gulag network.
Human rights NGO Freedom House sharply criticized Rodman for his expedition.
“History is cluttered with the examples of academics, philosophers, renowned writers, and eminent advocates of humane ideals who have aligned themselves with or apologized for the world’s most despicable tyrants,” said Arch Puddington, vice president of research. “Given this context, Dennis Rodman’s choice to pal around with a leader who oversees one massive, countrywide concentration camp is very much in the minor leagues of dictator worship.”
“At minimum, however, Rodman should ponder the fact that he is the product of a free society which allowed him to develop his athletic skills, earn millions of dollars, travel the world, and articulate his often very quirky opinions,” said Puddington. “Those freedoms, and especially the last one, are totally absent under the regime of the man he calls his ‘friend for life.’”