UN panel hears of widespread human rights violations in North Korea

Human Rights Council

Dozens of North Koreans exiles provided sobering accounts of torture, sexual violence, arbitrary detention, abduction and other violations, when they testified during public and private hearings held last month in Seoul and Tokyo. The hearings were organized by a UN Commission of Inquiry into the human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which this week told the Human Rights Council that the testimony may amount to widespread and systematic violations of human rights in the country.

Envoy reports on Afghanistan's path to transition

Ján Kubiš

Afghanistan is making strides in preparations for next year's presidential elections, the top UN official in the country, Ján Kubiš, told the Security Council this week. But he also listed numerous challenges that persist in the country, including continued attacks on civilians and the armed forces. Kubiš stated that the elections are "at the forefront of political life" in Afghanistan, with key laws being passed and more than one million new voter cards issued in recent months.

Expert provides update on Myanmar's human rights progress

Tomás Ojea Quintana

Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, will brief the General Assembly next month on his most recent mission to the country. The Argentine lawyer talks about what the authorities are doing to curtail deadly violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities.

Presenter: Dianne Penn Production
Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"


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