UN passes a resolution condemning North Korea's human rights violations

The United Nations has adopted a resolution on North Korean human rights, condemning the hermit nation's systemic and grave human rights crimes. It's the 17th year in a row that the UN Security Council has passed a resolution on North Korean human rights.

ON Thursday, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution by agreement, a month after the UN General Assembly Third Committee approved it. The UN "strongly condemns the long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread, and grave breaches of human rights in and by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, including those that may amount to crimes against humanity," according to the resolution. It also expresses grave concern about "continuous reports of human rights violations," such as "torture and other cruel, barbaric, or degrading treatment or punishment."

The resolution demands that the North Korean government end its "systematic" and "widespread" human rights violations and abuses, as well as shut down its political prison camps.

It also urges Pyongyang to collaborate with international organisations, such as the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX), to ensure the "timely delivery and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines" to the North's people, noting that natural disasters and the pandemic have exacerbated the North's dire humanitarian situation.

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