UN boosts inquiry into North Korea’s crimes against humanity

The 47-member state Geneva forum adopted a resolution, brought by Japan and the European Union (EU) and backed by the United States, on the final day of its four-week session without a vote

By: Reuters | Geneva | Published:March 24, 2017 5:18 pm
UN agreed on Friday to boost its investigation into widespread human rights violation in North Korea (File Photo)

The top United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to boost its investigation into widespread violations in North Korea with a view to documenting alleged crimes against humanity for future prosecution.

The 47-member state Geneva forum adopted a resolution, brought by Japan and the European Union (EU) and backed by the United States, on the final day of its four-week session without a vote. North Korea’s delegation boycotted the debate.

The U.N. human rights office in Seoul will be strengthened for two years to establish a central repository for testimony and evidence “with a view to developing possible strategies to be used in any future accountability process”, the text said.

China said it “dissociated” itself from the decision and called for dialogue and a “focus on the bigger picture” to help de-escalate tensions on the divided Korean peninsula.

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