UN report on Human Rights in North Korea

By Victoria Bird|February 18, 2014|Korea, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The UN Report containing the findings of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was published yesterday. The report documents in great detail the wide-ranging array of crimes against humanity allegedly being committed in the country.

“The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” it states.

The Commission will formally present its findings to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 17 March 2014.

Access the report and supporting material (including transcripts of the hearings) from the UN Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights.

Drawings submitted to COI by former prisoner Mr Kim Kwang-il

Drawing submitted to COI by former prisoner Mr Kim Kwang-il

Other sources on North Korea’s human rights record and/or political situation accessible via SOAS Library:

There are many books in the Library. Search the Library catalogue to discover them.

We subscribe to a range of Korean language databases.

Access World News contains reports from the following North Korean papers: Minju Choson, Nodong Sinmun, Pyongyang Times and Rodong Sinmun. Access from the Library’s news databases page.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) contains the United States’ principal record of political and historical open source intelligence from 1974 to 1996. Access from the Library’s news databases page.

The Library’s Korean subject guide contains links to other material of interest.

Other sources on North Korea:

The World Factbook (CIA) North Korea Profile: Basic details on the country gleaned by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States.

Daily NK: Seoul-based news organisation.

Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights: Pro-democracy and human rights campaign group based in South Korea.

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