International community should accept "inadequacies" of response to North Korea atrocities

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Human Rights Council

The international community should accept the "inadequacies" of its response to atrocities which have reportedly been carried out in North Korea, according to a UN Commission of Inquiry.

The Commission's report on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), is due to be formally presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

It details what it calls “unspeakable atrocities” that have been carried out against political prisoners in the country.

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

The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, called the crimes perpetrated in North Korea "an affront to humanity"

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

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