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North Korea committed crimes against humanity, UN report to conclude

Published on Feb 17, 2014 3:09 PM
This picture taken on Feb 16, 2014, by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean people offering flower bouquets to the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang for the 72nd birth anniversary of Kim Jong Il.  -- PHOTO: AFP/ KCNA VIA KNS

SEOUL - A year-long investigation by the United Nations will conclude that North Korea has committed crimes against humanity, according to a leaked outline of the report, believed to be one of the most detailed and devastating ever published by the UN.

A panel of experts mandated by the UN's Human Rights Council said North Koreans had suffered "unspeakable atrocities", BBC reported.

In the most authoritative indictment to date of abuses carried out by Pyongyang's leaders, the panel heard evidence of torture, enslavement, sexual violence, severe political repression and other crimes, Washington Post reported.

Testimony to the panel included an account of a woman forced to drown her own baby, children imprisoned from birth and starved, and families tortured for watching a foreign soap opera, BBC said.

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