UN to investigate possible crimes against humanity in DPRKListen /
The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed a three- member commission of inquiry to investigate crimes against humanity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Michael Donald Kirby, a former Judge of the High Court of Australia will chair the commission whose other members are Ms Sonja Biserko, a human rights lawyer from Serbia and Marzuki Darusman, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
A resolution passed by the Human Rights Council in March this year, mandated the commission to investigate the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in the DPRK with a view to ensuring full accountability.
Rolando Gomez is the spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Council.
"They are going to look into violations pertaining to the right to food, those associated with prison camps, torture and inhuman treatment, arbitrary detention, discrimination, freedom of expression among others. It’s a grave situation and the reason why the council took action at its last session, set up this mechanism to investigate this wide range of human rights violations which have been reported for some time now."
The commission is expected to submit its report in a year's time.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Radio Geneva.