Heat on N Korea’s ‘crimes’

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GENEVA: The top UN hu­man rights body has agreed to widen its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into wide­spread vi­o­la­tions in North Korea, with a view to doc­u­ment­ing al­leged crimes against hu­man­ity for fu­ture prose­cu­tion.

North Korea said it “cat­e­gor­i­cally and to­tally re­jects” the res­o­lu­tion adopted by the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil. The text had been framed by the US and “other hos­tile forces” for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons “to stran­gle the DPRK (Democratic People’s Repub­lic of Korea)”, its en­voy said af­ter boy­cotting the de­bate.

The 47-mem­ber state Geneva fo­rum adopted a res­o­lu­tion, brought by Ja­pan and the EU and backed by the US, on the fi­nal day of its four-week ses­sion with­out a vote.

China said it “dis­so­ci­ated” it­self from the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion, and called for dia­logue. The coun­try’s dele gation warned that the sit­u­a­tion on the di­vided Korean penin­sula was “com­plex and sen­si­tive”.

The UN hu­man rights of­fice in Seoul will be strength­ened for two years with in­ter­na­tional crim­i­nal jus­tice ex­perts to es­tab­lish a cen­tral repos­i­tory for tes­ti­mony and ev­i­dence, “with a view to de­vel­op­ing pos­si­ble strate­gies to be used in any fu­ture ac­count­abil­ity process”, the text said.

North Korean rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mun Jong Chol said: “The ‘res­o­lu­tion’ is noth­ing more than a doc­u­ment for in­ter­fer­ence in in­ter­nal af­fairs of sov­er­eign states and rep­re­sents the cul­mi­na­tion of politi­ci­sa­tion, se­lec­tiv­ity and dou­ble stan­dards of hu­man rights.” – Reuters

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