UN launches its report on human rights in North Korea

The report of the Commission of Enquiry is launched
The report of the Commission of Enquiry is launched (photo: UN)

On 17 February the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea launched the report of its findings. On 17 March the Chair of the Commission, Michael Kirby, formally presented it to the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Commission “found systematic, widespread and grave human rights violations” said Kirby in his statement.

The press release issued a month earlier said: “These crimes against humanity entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation”

The report can be accessed in full from the UN website here.

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