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21 Nov 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Women’s Rights Protections Still Absent Despite Rhetoric

North Korean officials were asked recently what measures have been taken to address the UN Commission of Inquiry’s 2014 findings that women forcibly returned from China had been abused and tortured. The delegation dismissed the findings as “unsubstantiated” and “politicized” like other, “anti-Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) human rights resolutions,” adopted by the UN.

10 Nov 2017 description

Pyongyang says 70 percent of North Koreans still use the state's central distribution system as their main source of food, the same number of people that the UN estimates are "food insecure

SEOUL, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Take the dregs left from making soy bean oil, which usually go to feed the pigs. Press and roll them into a sandy-coloured paste. Stuff with rice, and top with chilli sauce. The dish's name, injogogi, means "man-made meat."

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09 Nov 2017 description

As of 31 October, United Nations-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$24.1 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 105.1 million particularly vulnerable people of an estimated 145 million crisis-affected people in 39 countries. The appeals are funded at $11.8 billion, leaving a shortfall of $12.3 billion. This is $1.5 billion less than the gap reported at the end of September 2017.

08 Nov 2017 description

WMO report highlights impacts on human safety, well-being and environment

6 November 2017 (WMO) - It is very likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heatwaves and drought. Long-term indicators of climate change such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, sea level rise and ocean acidification continue unabated. Arctic sea ice coverage remains below average and previously stable Antarctic sea ice extent was at or near a record low.

08 Nov 2017 description

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

8 November 2017

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the combined second to fourth periodic reports of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

07 Nov 2017 description

Thank you, Mr. Vice-President.
Mr. Vice-President,
Excellencies,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour to present the annual report of the Human Rights Council to this General Assembly. I would like to begin by congratulating the fifteen recently elected Members of the Human Rights Council. I have full confidence that all Members will work hard to uphold the promotion and protection of human rights.

Mr. Vice-President,

06 Nov 2017 description

Un rapport de l'OMM met en évidence les répercussions sur la santé humaine, la qualité de vie et l'environnement

02 Nov 2017 description

Refugees, trafficking in persons and other effects of current conflicts would be a thematic focus of the Security Council in November, Sebastiano Cardi (Italy), Council President for the month, said at a press briefing today at Headquarters.

01 Nov 2017 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks 5,037,707 Swiss francs (reduced from 7,421,586 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Red Cross Society (DPRK RCS) in delivering assistance and support to 110,000 people (reduced from 330,000 people) affected by the floods for 16 months. The operation focuses on health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter (including household non-food items); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

01 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Silas Rapold and Bakhodir Rakhimov, UNICEF DPR Korea

At 6:30 every morning, Dr. Ri Song Hwan walks to the county hospital in Jongju City, DPR Korea, where he has worked for many years as a paediatrician. As he walks, many people greet him – he remembers each young patient and each member of his community by name. There is no limit to Dr. Ri’s work hours: a mother who has a sick child can approach him at any time of day or night. Patients can visit him at his home as well as the hospital and his doors are always open. This is the life of a rural doctor in DPR Korea.

28 Oct 2017 description

NEW YORK (27 October 2017) - The international security crisis over North Korea must not overshadow the human rights situation of millions of ordinary citizens in the country, a UN human rights expert has said.

“While the current tensions divert our attention to the authorities, we should not forget that behind the Government there are ordinary citizens whose human rights need protection, more so than ever,” Tomás Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, told reporters in New York today.

26 Oct 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Accountability Remains Critical for Victims

When you start from zero, as North Korea does on human rights, anything can seem like progress. So it’s noteworthy that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for North Korea said this week that the country is “selectively” engaging with the international community on concerns over its horrific rights record.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 71/202.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Summary

10 Oct 2017 description

UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience

Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

06 Oct 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

28 Sep 2017 description

CERF enables fast, flexible and needs-based support for people affected by humanitarian emergencies. The UN General Assembly established the fund in 2005 to provide timely assistance in crises. Since its operational launch in 2006, CERF has developed a reputation for its ability to kick-start humanitarian action, scale up the response to emergencies and serve as a lifeline for people struggling to survive in the world’s most underfunded crises.

27 Sep 2017 description
report IRIN

The bluster and belligerence between Washington and Pyongyang hide a humanitarian conundrum that must be solved

It has been a blisteringly hot summer for North Korea on two fronts. The world has watched it successfully test its intercontinental ballistic missile technology and its first hydrogen bomb, drawing widespread condemnation from the international community. But at the same time – and with far less fanfare – the country has endured one of its driest summers to date.