In a scathing indictment against the Democratic (hah!) People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, the UN’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has levelled charges amounting to crimes against humanity. The United Nations commission found that “The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”
Urging referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the report finds such atrocies as children being fed snakes and rats, and “Public executions and enforced disappearance to political prison camps serve as the ultimate means to terrorise the population into submission.”
In all, the Commission was charged with looking at violations of the right to food, violations associated with prison camps, arbitrary detention, torture and inhuman treatment, enforced disappearances, and violations of freedom of expression, the right to life, and freedom of movement.
And they found them all, in egregious quantity and quality.
“Repatriated women who are pregnant are regularly subjected to forced abortions, and babies born to repatriated women are often killed.”
The UN has just made the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea report available online, along with nearly 400 pages of evidence. You can get it all online, at the links below.[NOTE: These are doc files, so depending on your browser, they may open in a browser window, or they may download the official report and evidence files to your computer.]
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