Inquiry needed into crimes against humanity in DPRKListen /
The UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea says the widespread systematic pattern of violations in the country constitutes crimes against humanity that need more scrutiny than can be carried out by a single investigator.
Presenting his report to the Council in Geneva on Monday, Marzuki Darusman cited nine patterns of violations including torture, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and violations of the right to life and the right to food.
He also pointed to violations associated with prison camps, discrimination, extensive restrictions on freedom of expression and movement, and abusive treatment of forcibly returned citizens.
Mr Darusman joined calls for a stronger inquiry mechanism to investigate and recommend domestic and international action on these abuses.
“While usually not sufficient in and by itself to end crimes against humanity, increased scrutiny by international inquiry affords a measure of protection, especially when coupled with the prospect of future criminal investigations and the deterrent effect such a prospect may have on individual perpetrators.”
DPRK's ambassador to the UN in Geneva said that his delegation totally rejects the report of the Special Rapporteur.
Nicki Chadwick, UN Radio, Geneva.