Protecting Fundamental Freedoms

UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea


On 21 March 2013, at its 22nd session, the United Nations Human Rights Council established the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Resolution A/HRC/RES/22/13 mandates the body to investigate the systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, with a view to ensuring full accountability, in particular for violations which may amount to crimes against humanity.

On  February 17, 214, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights in North Korea released the findings of their year-long investigation.

See the report at this link.

See the press conference video at this link.


News on the COI

Following are some recent media reports on the COI:


A United Nations panel accuses the North Korean regime of rape, forced abortions, intentional starvation and slavery. David Greene talks to retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, chairman of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea.

Forecasting Impact of U.N. Report on North Korean Human Rights – Wall Street Journal Blog, Feb. 17, 2014 – After a year of public hearings, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea will paint a detailed, damning picture of the country. But will it make much of a difference to North Korea’s regime, or to its people?


North Korea: ‘We were forced to eat grass and soil’ – CNN, Feb. 17, 2014 – The testimonies, one after another, have been damning, disturbing and, at points, excruciating. A North Korean prison camp survivor told of a pregnant woman in a condition of near-starvation who gave birth to a baby — a new life born against all odds in a grim camp. A security agent heard the baby’s cries and beat the mother as a punishment.


Meet the people of North Korea’s most outspoken British voice –, Feb. 19, 2014 – Lord Alton is the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on North Korea and a passionate campaigner for the rights of the North Korean people.


White House ‘extremely critical’ of N. Korea’s human rights abuse – Yonhap News Agency, Feb. 19, 2014 – The White House said Tuesday it has strongly and consistently condemned North Korea’s human rights violations, which were highlighted by a new U.N. panel report.


North Korea human rights abuses resemble those of the Nazis, says UN inquiry – The Guardian, Feb. 17, 2014 – Inquiry chairman Michael Kirby writes to Kim Jong-un warning he could face trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity.