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No improvement in rights, quality of life in N. Korea: UN

Published on Nov 3, 2012 6:03 AM
 
North Korean farmers work in a field of a collective farm in the area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the South Hwanghae province, in this Sept 30, 2011 file photo. Under the reclusive country's new leadership, about 16 million people continue to suffer from chronic food insecurity and malnutrition under the nation's new leadership, said Mr Marzuki Darusman, a United Nations special rapporteur. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Living conditions and respect for human rights are no better under North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un than under his ruthless father Kim Jong Il, according to a United Nations (UN) official on Friday who monitors the situation there.

Under the reclusive country's new leadership, about 16 million people continue to suffer from chronic food insecurity and malnutrition under the nation's new leadership, said Mr Marzuki Darusman, a United Nations special rapporteur.

"Overall, there was no improvement in the human rights situation in the DPRK," Mr Darusman said.

"I continue to be concerned with both the human rights and humanitarian situation in the country."

 
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