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North Korean leader must be prosecuted: UN rights envoy

March 14, 2016 7:11 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

The United Nations human rights investigator for North Korea called on Monday for leader Kim Jong-un and senior officials in the country to be prosecuted for committing crimes against humanity.

Marzuki Darusman, Special Rapporteur on DPRK addresses during the 19th Session Human Rights Council. 12 March 2012. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré
Marzuki Darusman

Marzuki Darusman told the U.N. Human Rights Council that North Korea is devoting huge resources to developing nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction while many of its citizens lack sufficient food and others work in “slave-like conditions”.

“We are now at a crucial stage, therefore there is a fundamental need for countries to make that next step in ensuring accountability is undertaken,” he said.

The delegation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) boycotted the session. The European Union, United States and Japan supported Darusman’s call for accountability, although they did not refer to Kim by name. Read More

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