Official's Killing to Be Discussed at UN Next Week

  • By Roh Suk-jo, An Young

    October 13, 2020 13:16

    The brother of a South Korean official who was killed by North Korean soldiers last month met with UN human rights officials in Seoul on Monday.

    Lee Rae-jin visited the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Seoul to talk about a request for an independent probe of his brother's death that he submitted last week.

    Lee told the Chosun Ilbo that the UN special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea, Tomás Ojea Quintana, "will report the incident to the UN as early as next week."

    The Seoul office plans to review the official's death based on interviews with Lee, findings by the South Korean government and explanations provided by North Korea. But it says it has no authority to investigate the incident directly and can only make human-rights recommendations based on its probe.

    The official was killed by North Korean soldiers after he had gone missing from a fisheries patrol boat on the West Sea. They fired a dozen rounds into him and then doused the body in fuel and set it alight.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has apologized for the incident.

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