United Nations slams North Korea for human rights abuses

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 15, 2017

"However, despite the people's need and successive Security Council resolutions, the DPRK authorities continue to divert their resources into pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles over the welfare of its people", Bessho asserted, calling the North by the acronym for its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The U.N. General Assembly Third Committee adopted the Japan- and European Union-led resolution by consensus.

Alannah Hill has the details.

It points to the UN Commission of Inquiry's landmark 2014 report that details abuses ranging from torture and rape to public executions and retaliation against asylum seekers repatriated from overseas.

On top of the North Korean regime's acts of abuse against its citizens, improvement of fundamental conditions for foreign detainees in the North with access to diplomatic missions in the country and arrangements to "confirm their status and to communicate with their families", was listed as a key issue.

The resolution condemned the "long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in North Korea".

"Serious violations of human rights are committed in a widespread and systematic way, with disregard for global law, and they are too often overlooked due to the headline-grabbing missile and nuclear issue", the committee said in a statement read prior to the adoption of the document. Such sanctions from the US are "a despicable violation of human rights and genocide crime", he said.

North Korea's U.N. ambassador Ja Song Nam says his government "categorically rejects" the resolution, saying it is part of the "political and military confrontation, plot, and conspiracy of the United States and other hostile forces".

Late last month, United Nations special rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana - tasked with investigating the human rights situation in North Korea - expressed concerns that Security Council sanctions may be impeding the delivery of medical supplies to North Korean citizens.

"The resolution is expected to be formally adopted at a plenary General Assembly meeting next month". The committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues passed such a resolution for the 13th straight year.

On the reunions, the assembly notes that it is an "urgent humanitarian concern" of the Korean people due to the advanced age of numerous separated family members, and calls on both South and North Korea to resume the meetings that were suspended in late 2015.

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