UN to discuss in Human Rights Violations in North Korea
Dec 22, Oslo: The United Nations Security Council will be holding its first ever meeting to discuss the “unspeakable atrocities” and “grave human rights violations”that are allegedly being carried out in North Korea,said reports on Monday.
According to the US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, human rights violations in North Korea are among the worst in the World.”The human rights violations in North Korea are among the worst in the World. They are widespread. They are systematic,” she said before adding, “Given the threat they pose to peace and security, they have been going on outside the scrutiny of the UN Security Council for far too long.”
The meeting by the 15-member council, including UK, the US, China and Russia, was called after an unprecedented UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report that catalogued a list of crimes which it said were “widespread and systematic” and “unparalleled in the modern World“.
The COI, chaired by retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, sat through testimonies of scores North Korean defectors who described their lives inside the country as torture.According to the report- murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortion, sexual violence, forcible transfers and forced disappearances are common violations of Human Rights, Kirby said there were “many parallels” between the evidence he heard and crimes committed by the Nazis in World War Two. He said the international community could not
According to Kirby, there are “many parallels” between the evidence he has heard from the defectors and crimes committed by the Nazis in World War Two. “Now the international community does know. There will be no excusing a failure of action because we didn’t know. It’s too long now. The suffering and the tears of the people of North Korea demand action,” he said.
Former, U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay had demanded an international probe into North Korea’s human rights record,on February 2013, when she said the World‘s focus on the country’s nuclear program and rocket launches should not overshadow the North’s human rights situation.
The Oslo Times