UN debates North Korea human rights abuses
The meeting will be held behind closed doors at the request of Russia and China
Nearly half of the 15 states that make up the UN Security Council plan to raise the issue of human rights abuses in North Korea during a closed meeting on Friday. Russia and China opposed discussing this issue, which may infuriate the official Pyongyang, at an open meeting.
United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Dominican Republic and Estonia will raise the issue of the consequences of “continued human rights violations in North Korea for its people, international peace and security”. This is stated in an e-mail, which was at the disposal of “Reuters” on Thursday..
Initially, the initiators of the discussion on the issue of violation of civil rights in the DPRK asked the UN human rights representatives to hold a public briefing, but Moscow and Beijing objected to this. The permanent missions of China, Russia and North Korea to the UN have not yet responded to a request for comment on this situation..
From 2014 to 2017, the Security Council held annual public meetings on human rights abuses in North Korea.
In 2018, this issue was not discussed in the Security Council, given that at that time US President Donald Trump was negotiating with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un on the denuclearization of this country. Negotiations ended in vain.
Last year, at least eight members of the UN Security Council pushed for a meeting on human rights violations, prompting Pyongyang to warn that it would consider the move a “serious provocation” to which it would “react decisively.”.
The United States, which presided over the UN Security Council at the time, instead convened a meeting to address the threat of escalation from North Korea amid growing tensions between Pyongyang and Washington..
North Korea has repeatedly denied allegations of human rights violations and cited sanctions as the cause of the country’s dire humanitarian situation. Pyongyang has been under UN sanctions since 2006 due to its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program.
A 2014 UN Human Rights Report in North Korea concluded that North Korean security chiefs – and possibly Kim Jong-un himself – should be prosecuted for creating a punishment system that can be compared to Nazi atrocities.. US blacklisted Kim as human rights abusers in 2016.
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