U.N. may investigate N. Korean officials for crimes against humanity

I don’t know what’s gotten into the U.N. lately, but this would be a pretty big deal:

North Korea’s leaders are likely to be the target of a U.N. investigation into their personal responsibility for rapes, torture, executions, arbitrary arrests and abductions, following an expert report published on Tuesday.

The report by Marzuki Darusman, an Indonesian lawyer who is the U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, said North Korea’s “grave, systematic and widespread” human rights violations ought to be laid bare before the U.N. Human Rights Council and the U.N. General Assembly.

“The inquiry should examine the issues of institutional and personal accountability for such violations, in particular where they amount to crimes against humanity, and make appropriate recommendations to the authorities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and international community for further action,” said Darusman’s report.  [Reuters]

Sure, China will block it and it’s all non-binding, but steps like these would matter for public awareness and to help get third countries to cooperate with sanctions.  It would also matter in smaller ways.  For example, it might make a few “liberal”-minded tourists think twice about taking overpriced guided tours of Pyongyang that subsidize a regime that treats people this way.  I mean, Sun City, anyone?

 

2 comments

  1. james says:

    for me, this ride of being a ‘NK watcher’ these past 8 years has only instilled pessimism for the UN. even with all the overwhelming evidence of human rights violations through testimonies of survivors, that story in the UK that you link in a future post: http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2004/feb/01/northkorea , the visual evidence Joshua has compiled, etc…..

    I won’t believe in anything the UN ‘plans’ on doing for the non Pyongyang people till I see it in re: to human rights.

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