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The High Commissioner for Human Rights and North Korea

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The findings of human rights report about North Korea described draconian controls imposed on the population reinforced by regularized torture and summary executions. North Korea is one of the most difficult countries confronting the High Commissioner. This chapter highlights several features that need to be added to the High Commissioner's January 2013 statement on North Korea. First, a new approach for treating information coming from those who have escaped North Korea must be developed. Second, now that the High Commissioner Ms. Navi Pillay has chosen a more public course of action, she should consider whether the situation in North Korea might merit a special session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. Finally, a strategy should be devised for dealing with China, from which most if not all North Korean asylum seekers are forcibly turned back and then subject to arrest, beatings, torture, forced abortions, and even execution.

Keywords:High Commissioner; human rights; Navi Pillay; North Korea; United Nations (UN)



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