UN investigator calls for prosecution of N Korean leader

UN human rights investigator Marzuki Darusman urges prosecution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

UN Special Investigator Marzuki Darusman addresses a news conference on the situation of human rights in North Korea in Geneva March 16, 2015.

A human rights investigator for the United Nations said in a report to the Human Rights Council on Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and senior officials must be prosecuted for human rights violations.

UN Special Investigator, Marzuki Darusman, submitted a special report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, listing a wide range of human rights violations in the isolated country. 

In the report, Darusman said that Pyongyang puts its citizens under intense pressure, controlling every aspects of daily life, denying their rights. 

He also added that many citizens are suffering from lack of food, the country invests all sources to develop weapons of mass destruction.

"The denial of human rights to its citizens internally and this aggressive behaviour externally are basically two sides of the same coin," Darusman said.

"The country is pouring a large amount of resources into developing weapons of mass destruction, while large parts of its population continue to suffer from food insecurity, and while the government sends systematically recruited workers abroad to earn foreign exchange for the state, while working under severe labour conditions."

The session in the UN Human Rights Council was boycotted by the delegation of North Korea.

North Korean Foreign Minister, Ri Su Yong, in a speech to the Geneva forum on March 1, said it would boycott any session that examined its human rights record and would "never, ever" be bound by any such resolutions.

Darusman, based on his report issued last month, said that "I would like to reiterate my appeal to the international community to move forward to ensure accountability of the senior leadership of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, including that of Mr. Kim Jong Un."

Robert King, the US envoy to North Korea said that the White House "strongly supports the call for accountability."

North Korea came on the spots following its latest nuclear tests.

Supreme leader, Kim Jong Un has ordered his country to enhance its nuclear attack capability after a UN Security Council resolution was adopted last week in response to the isolated state's offensive policy.

TRTWorld and agencies