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UN Human Rights Council Vote on North Korea


Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 28, 2014

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The UN Human Rights Council’s overwhelming vote today underscores the international community’s consensus that North Korea’s leadership must be held accountable for its systematic and widespread violations of human rights. The U.S. and the international community stand with the North Korean people. 

The resolution adopted today was built upon the findings and recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry, whose work was strongly supported by the United States and our partners around the world. The resolution echoed the Commission of Inquiry in citing North Korea’s "gross human rights violations" that "in many instances constitute crimes against humanity," and detailed six key areas where the government of the D.P.R.K. has consistently violated the human rights of the citizens of North Korea. The resolution also noted the failure of countries in the region to protect North Koreans who have left the D.P.R.K. 

We will work closely with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to continue our support for the Special Rapporteur and to establish a field office in Asia to monitor and document human rights violations and abuses in North Korea. We support the resolution’s recommendation that the UN General Assembly forward the Commission of Inquiry’s final report to the UN Security Council for its consideration. 

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