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Rights Situation in North Korea Worries UN Security Council


Rights Situation in North Korea Worries UN Security Council

EW YORK (IDN) – Two days after the United Nations human rights wing drew attention to more than 60 years of “involuntary” separation between families from the two Koreas and called for steps to encourage reunion and alleviate suffering, senior UN officials have highlighted the need for the Security Council to pay attention to human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) adding that the situation is “of great concern”.

“History teaches us that serious human rights violations are warning signs of instability and conflict,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in a briefing requested by nine of the Council’s 15 members: France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.

The nine – of which three (France, the United Kingdom and the U.S.) are permanent members of the Security Council – had sent a letter to the Council President, seeking further information from the UN Secretariat on this situation in DPRK (North Korea) and its implications for international peace and security.


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