December 03, 2021

China may veto UN human rights action on North Korea

Chinese opposition to report based on lack of cooperation with DPRK authorities

China indicated that it may veto the referral of North Korea to the Hague-based International Criminal Court at a UN Human Rights Council debate held in Geneva Monday.

The debate, which saw a damning report on human rights abuses in North Korea presented to the UN Human Rights Council for the first time, heard chief author Michael Kirby make an impassioned plea to UN member states to address the "scourge of human rigths violations" in North Korea.