‘The whole coun­try is a prison’: No sign of bet­ter rights in N.Ko­rea - U.N.

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SEOUL, (Reuters) - De­spite more than a year of in­ter­na­tional en­gage­ment and prom­ises of eco­nomic re­form by North Ko­rea’s lead­ers, the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in the iso­lated coun­try re­mains dire, a top U.N. rights of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

Blocked by the gov­ern­ment from vis­it­ing North Ko­rea, U.N. spe­cial rap­por­teur for hu­man rights in North Ko­rea To­mas Quin­tana vis­ited South Ko­rea this week as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that will be pro­vided to the U.N. Hu­man Rights Coun­cil in March.

Not­ing that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has em­barked on an ef­fort to im­prove liv­ing con­di­tions by fo­cus­ing on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, Quin­tana said his pre­lim­i­nary find­ings showed those ef­forts had not trans­lated into im­prove­ments in the lives of most peo­ple.

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