December 20, 2013 13:02
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning human rights abuses in North Korea. The UN has adopted similar resolutions every year since 2005, and this year's was passed by consensus without the need for a vote, just like last year's.
The UN expressed "very serious concern at the persistence of continuing reports of systematic, widespread and grave violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights."
The resolution calls for an immediate abolition of political prison camps and release of the inmates, and improvement of human rights conditions for defectors repatriated to North Korea.
The North Korean ambassador to the UN condemned to resolution and called the charges a "fabrication" concocted by "hostile forces."
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea Marzuki Darusman expressed serious concerns over the summary execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-taek.
Ban called on the regime to abide by global human rights laws and focus on improving lives of people. Darusman urged the regime to stop public executions immediately.
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