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North Korea leaders should face international court for crimes against humanity: UN

Published on Feb 17, 2014 9:04 PM
 

GENEVA (AFP) - North Korea’s leaders should be brought before an international court for a litany of crimes against humanity that include exterminating, starving and enslaving its population, a United Nations team said on Monday.

A hard-hitting report on the nuclear-armed totalitarian state also strongly criticised its denial of basic freedoms of thought, expression and religion, and its abduction of citizens of neighbouring South Korea and Japan.

“Systemic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been and are being committed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, its institutions and officials,” said the report by the Commission of Inquiry on North Korea set up in March 2013 by the UN Human Rights Council.

“In many instances, the violations of human rights found by the commission constitute crimes against humanity. These are not mere excesses of the State; they are essential components of a political system that has moved far from the ideals on which it claims to be founded,” the report said.

 
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