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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (A/HRC/31/70)

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Human Rights Council
Thirty-first session
Agenda item 4
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

I. Introduction

  1. Two years have passed since the commission of inquiry on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea presented to the Human Rights Council its finding that crimes against humanities had been and were being committed in the country (see A/HRC/25/63). Regrettably, the situation of human rights has not improved, and the crimes against humanity documented by the commission appear to continue. Nonetheless, the situation in the Korean peninsula appears to be improving, as seen in the increasing dialogue and number of interactions between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea. Public discussions on the future of the Korean peninsula today are more visible, at least in the Republic of Korea.

  2. In the present report, the Special Rapporteur describes how accountability for crimes against humanity should be ensured. Given the serious nature of these crimes, he urges the international community to take bold steps to address them while recalling its duty to prosecute such international crimes. In this way, the Special Rapporteur hopes that concrete steps aimed at achieving accountability for crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will be taken.