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10 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

Escalating tensions bring the ethical quandaries of dealing with Pyongyang to the fore

After a year of nuclear threats, fiery brinksmanship, and retaliatory sanctions, the global aid sector is at a crossroads with North Korea.

There’s a question mark hovering over the immediate future of aid delivery as food assistance – once a symbolic thread of engagement with North Korea – has become wrapped up in red tape and is starting to weigh heavily on weary donors.

15 Dec 2017 description

SEOUL / GENEVA (15 December 2017) – The lives of many North Koreans have been reduced to sheer economic survival, a United Nations human rights expert has said after meeting those who have recently fled the country.

People living in the countryside are facing an especially dire situation, said Tomás Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in a statement after a four-day visit to the Republic of Korea.

12 Dec 2017 description
report UN News Service

People’s rights are reportedly violated in “almost every aspect” of their lives in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations human rights chief warned Monday, stressing that security tensions on the Korean Peninsula should not negate concerns about the situation of ordinary people there.

11 Dec 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13115

Security Council
8130th Meeting (AM)

Wrong Forum for Humanitarian Issues, Stress Opponents, as United States, Other Supporters Say No Separation between Peace, Human Rights

Amid the security challenges arising from the ballistic missile and nuclear testing activities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, it was critical to address the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in that country as well, senior United Nations officials told the Security Council today.

09 Dec 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13113

The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006), in order to dispel any potential misunderstandings about the Security Council sanctions regime on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and better facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, wishes to recall the relevant provisions contained in resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), 2321 (2016), 2356 (2017), 2371 (2017) and 2375 (2017).

06 Dec 2017 description

GENEVA (6 December 2017) – The UN's specialist on human rights in North Korea will visit South Korea and Japan from 11 to 16 December 2017, in the context of heightened tensions in North-East Asia.

“I will use this mission to gather information on the latest developments in the human rights situation in North Korea and identify issues of concern that should be brought to the attention of the Human Rights Council,” said Tomás Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

04 Dec 2017 description

Explosive remnants from the 1950-53 war on the Korean peninsula has, according to the DPRK authorities, caused more than 16,215 victims since the end of the war. Records from 5,024 accidents reports that the legacy weapons today are causing 150 victims annually.

Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) does not only kill and maim the people of the DPRK. Six decades after the cessation of armed conflict it still represents an impediment to human security and access to farm land, water sources and other necessities.

28 Nov 2017 description
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CEDAW/C/PRK/2-4

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.

28 Nov 2017 description

Highlights

  • Critical funding constraints have forced WFP to exclude 190,000 children from assistance, starting in November 2017.

  • WFP DPR Korea’s operation urgently requires USD 25.5 million for the next six months.

  • The negative effects of the latest UN Security Council and bilateral sanctions are evident in WFP’s ongoing operation, including a disruption in banking services and international procurement of goods and services.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) approval for rapid response was confirmed in August. CERF assistance of USD 2.5 million will enable WFP to provide nutrition support to 186,012 children and women for four months (September – December) in 23 worst droughtaffected counties.

  • Due to funding constraints, WFP will continue providing reduced rations (66 percent of the standard ration – the minimum to have a nutrition impact) until the end of the year to children and pregnant and nursing women.