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North Korea atrocities exposed, but what next?

Published on Feb 18, 2014 1:44 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - Defectors and activists welcomed on Tuesday a UN-mandated inquiry's searing indictment of gross human rights abuses in North Korea, but analysts questioned the international community's ability to act on its recommendations.

Pyongyang's grim rights record has already been well documented by specialist monitors. But the size, breadth and detail of the report compiled by the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on North Korea - and the UN imprimatur it carries - set it apart.

Ms Kim Young Soon, one of the many defectors who provided harrowing testimony to the COI, said she was grateful to the commission for recording the "nightmares we went through" for posterity.

"North Korea has not and will never admit the existence of prison camps and this report won't change anything overnight," Ms Kim told AFP.

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