Net "closing in" on North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un: UN

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Marzuki Darusman. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is still inflicting crimes against humanity against its people but the international community is "closing in" on those responsible, a UN investigator said Monday.

Speaking at the United Nations in Geneva, Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman said that it was time for the regime's leaders to be held accountable, including the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

Dianne Penn reports.

The DPRK government continues to act with complete impunity, Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman said on Monday.

From "slave-like" labour to the detention of entire families through guilt by association, the UN investigator said that the "tragic" situation for the people of the country, which is also known as North Korea, "does not appear to have changed at all".

This "absolute denial" of people's rights had to stop, said Darusman, and it was high time for the regime's leaders – and notably DPRK Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un – to be brought to justice by the International Criminal Court.

"It is now time for the international community to move on with the logical next step which is pursuing accountability of the regime and those most responsible for violations of human rights in the country…We are closing in on the North Koreans."

The UN investigator said that the nature of the DPRK regime was such that nothing happens anywhere in the country "without the say-so" of its leader.

The country continued to pour huge resources into developing weapons of mass destruction while "massive numbers" of people face severe food shortages, he added.

Marzuki Darusman's comments went unchallenged by the DPRK, which announced a boycott of the Human Rights Council earlier this month.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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