United Nations slams North Korea for human rights abuses

Leslie Hanson
November 15, 2017

United Nations member-states on Tuesday condemned North Korea for gross human rights violations and for conducting missile and nuclear tests while its people suffer from severe hunger.

"The government welcomes the North Korean human rights resolution which was adopted in consensus by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly at its 72nd session and where South Korea participated as a co-sponsor among 61 nations", the Foreign Ministry said in a commentary released in the name of spokesman Noh Kyu-duk.

The measure will now go to the General Assembly for debate next month. It cited a UN Commission of Inquiry's report from 2014 that details the regime's record of arbitrary detention, torture and public executions among other abuses. Pyongyang's ambassador to the UN, Ja Song-nam rejected the move accusing the UN panel of trying to overthrow the North Korean regime.

"Despite the people's need and successive Security Council resolutions, the DPRK authorities continue to divert their resources into pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles over the welfare of its people". Such sanctions from the USA are "a despicable violation of human rights and genocide crime", he said.

The resolution also demands that North Korea provide detained foreign nationals with counselor access and communication with their families.

"The resolution also urged the UN Security Council to take appropriate action to sanction those responsible for the violations and refer the North's human rights situation to the International Criminal Court".

"The draft resolution represents a product of the political and military confrontation plot and the conspiracy of the USA and other hostile forces to (North Korea), and the extreme manifestation of politicization, selectivity and the double standards of human rights", Ja said.

"The indiscriminate blockade under the pretext of implementing the sanctions resolutions is being imposed to the DPRK cutting the delivery of medical equipment and medicine for patients, disabled persons, mothers, and children, and creating obstacles to the production of educational equipment and nutritional food for children".

It would mark the 13th straight year for the General Assembly to adopt a North Korean human rights resolution.

On the reunions, the assembly notes that it is an "urgent humanitarian concern" of the Korean people due to the advanced age of numerous separated family members, and calls on both South and North Korea to resume the meetings that were suspended in late 2015.

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