"Unspeakable atrocities" in North Korea

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Human Rights Council

"Unspeakable atrocities" are being committed against political prisoners in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a report released by the United Nations.

The report by a Commission of Inquiry lists what it described as crimes against humanity, not just confined to the prison system.

They include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, the enforced disappearance of people and what it called "the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation."

The Commission which was established in March last year by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said the "gravity, scale and nature" of the violations does not have "any parallel in the contemporary world."

It said the government of the DPRK had "for decades pursued policies involving crimes that shock the conscience of humanity."

It added that the international community must accept its responsibility for the "inadequacy" of its response.

The Commission has called for the allegations against the DPRK to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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