UN recommends prosecution of North Korean leaders at international court

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UN General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

A groundbreaking resolution which calls for the prosecution of leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for human rights abuses has been passed at the United Nations.

It's the first time the UN General Assembly's human rights committee has voted to recommend the prosecution of senior North Koreans in the International Criminal Court, ICC.

One hundred and eleven countries voted in favour of the resolution and 19 against with 55 abstentions.

China and Russia were amongst the countries that voted against.

Both countries have a veto on the Security Council, the only body with the legal authority to refer cases to the ICC.

In February this year a 400-page report was released by the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the DPRK which documented "unspeakable atrocities" committed by the country.

They include torture and inhuman treatment in prison camps, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and abductions.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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