Immigration Minister Peter Dutton reckons it's a bit rich for Australia's human rights record to cop criticism from North Korea.
THE minister said Australia was also criticised by Bangladesh and Iran for boatturnbacks and offshore detention policies in a UN Human Rights Council performance review.
"NorthKorea was my favourite," he told ABC television.
In thereview, Australia's policies on dealing with asylum seekers attracted broad-ranging criticism from a large number of nations including the US,Canada, France, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Iceland, Iran, Pakistan andKenya.
Mr Duttonsaid those nations didn't agree with Australia's strong stance on dealing withboat arrivals and that was their longstanding position.
"ButI think it belittles the UN process when you've got countries like North Koreatrying to lecture our country in relation to human rights," he said.
European nations hadn't yet managed to deal with their own breakdown in their border policies whereas Australia had, he said.
Mr Dutton said the dividend for Australia was the ability to offer more places torefugees from the Middle East.
"That's something we can be proud of," he said.