Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (A/66/322)

Report
from UN General Assembly
Published on 24 Aug 2011 View Original

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report prepared by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Marzuki Darusman, in accordance with Commission on Human Rights resolution 2004/13.

I. Introduction

Background

1 . The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was first established by the Commission on Human Rights in 2004 pursuant to its resolution 2004/13. Since then, the mandate has been extended annually. Also pursuant to that resolution, the Special Rapporteur submits two reports per year, one to the Human Rights Council and another to the General Assembly. The current report draws on his visit to Thailand from 13 to 17 June 2011 and on meetings held in Geneva and New York since March 2011.

2 . Besides providing an overview of the current situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Special Rapporteur presents key conclusions and makes recommendations to the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and to the international community.

3 . In the present report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on the situation of asylum-seekers and trafficking of persons, the issue of food security, the health system and the general status of health of the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, freedom of opinion and expression, and political prisons.