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U.N. Security Council has mandate to work on NK human rights issue: COI chief

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 14 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council will be held accountable by history if it does not take the proper steps to address prevalent human rights abuse in North Korea, a chief U.N. investigator said Monday. Michael Kirby, head of the Commission of Inquiry (COI), said the role of the council is of more importance especially as dialogue with North Korea, including the six-way talks, is suspended.

UN rights body urges action against right abuses in N.Korea

The UN's top rights body Friday called on the Security Council to act against officials responsible for a litany of crimes against humanity in North Korea. The 47-member UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution condemning the "ongoing systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations" in the isolated Asian nation.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 306 (March 27, 2014)

TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 2) Park urges China not to veto U.N. report on N. Korea's human rights SEOUL(Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye has urged China not to veto a U.N. report on North Korea's human rights records in order to help the international community send a stronger message to Pyongyang that it must change its course.

U.N. motion drafted to send N. Korea rights issues to justice mechanism

A draft U.N. resolution on North Korea's human rights situation being worked out by Japan and the EU calls on the Security Council to consider referring the situation in the reclusive country to "the appropriate international criminal justice mechanism." The draft resolution brands Pyongyang's abductions of foreign nationals and other violations as "crimes against humanity" but does not name any specific organ such as the International Criminal Court to examine the North Korean situation, according to a copy of the document obtained by Kyodo News.

China rejects North Korean crimes report, hits chance of prosecution

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - China dismissed on Monday a U.N. report alleging North Korea has committed crimes against humanity, effectively confirming the fears of human rights advocates that Beijing will shield its ally from international prosecution. The report, published in February, accused the reclusive country of mass killings and torture comparable to Nazi-era atrocities and said officials, possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself, should face the International Criminal Court (ICC).

UN chief 'deeply disturbed' by rights violations in N.Korea

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he was "deeply disturbed" by findings of "grave" human rights violations in North Korea from a UN-mandated inquiry, saying he hoped the report would raise international awareness. The detailed and wide-ranging report, compiled by the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on North Korea, offers a searing indictment of Pyongyang's rights record, detailing murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence.

U.N. rights commissioner urges prosecution of North Korean crimes

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged world powers on Tuesday to refer North Korea to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) following a U.N. report documenting crimes against humanity. North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities, U.N. investigators said on Monday.

UN N.Korea report documents 'brutal reality' of rights abuses

The United States said Monday that a new United Nations report "clearly and unequivocally documents the brutal reality" of North Korea's human rights abuses. Washington strongly welcomes and supports the report, "which provides compelling evidence of widespread, systematic, and grave human rights violations" by the reclusive regime, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights

UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights HANOI, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) pledged to support Vietnam in ensuring and promoting human rights through the 2012-2016 UN One Plan, said UN Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta on Tuesday. Addressing the launching of the Universal Periodic Review's ( UPR) Vietnam report in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Tuesday, Mehta said the election of Vietnam to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the term 2014-2016 is proof of the country's active participation in recent international human rights initiatives.

U.N. panel adopts N. Korean human rights resolution for 9th year

A U.N. committee overseeing human rights issues on Tuesday passed a resolution on North Korea for the ninth year in a row, pressing it to resolve the issue of its past abductions of Japanese and other foreign nationals and tackle a range of other violations.
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