North Korea urged to allow access to verify allegations of human rights violations

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Michael Kirby

The Chairperson of the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in North Korea has urged Korean authorities to allow its members access to verify allegations of human rights in the country.

Michael Kirby told reporters on Tuesday that a representative of North Korea has said the panel has the propensity to listen to hostile witnesses who are against the country.

He said the members of the Commission of Inquiry are not biased against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; on the contrary, they have reached out to the country.

"We have asked for the permission to go and visit North Korea to engage with its people. We have pointed out that the best way to respond to the contention that the testimony which has been recorded in our public hearings is false would be to open those parts of North Korea which are said to contain the detention and prison camps of which the witnesses before give corpus evidence."

Mr. Kirby and members of the Commission on Tuesday briefed the General Assembly on their work.

The Commission was established by the United Nations Human Rights Council in March this year to investigate allegations of systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in North Korea.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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