December 17, 2014 09:37
The UN General Assembly is expected to adopt a resolution on human rights abuses in North Korea on Thursday.
In a report to the General Assembly on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said North Korea needs to implement bold reforms to improve human rights conditions there.
There have been reports on several executions in the North since August 2013, including leader Kim Jong-un's uncle Jang Song-taek.
Ban said the North has rejected the UN Human Rights Council's recommendation to suspend executions through its Universal Periodic Review.
He added people are denied rights to feed themselves properly and stay in good health and the human rights for children, women, and persons with disabilities are being violated.
He called on the international community to make all efforts to put an end to the North's systematic and extensive violation of human rights and call the perpetrators of crimes against humanity to account.
The UN Security Council is also highly likely to put the North's human rights abuses on its agenda for the first time this year.
The North Korean regime is reacting very sensitively to the UN's moves since it evidently knows its flagrant rights abuses to be its Achilles heel.
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