The Straits Times
Published on Nov 03, 2012

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


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."