November 29, 2023

KCNA editorial seizes on Shin admission

State media claims changed story undermines UN COI report, UN disagrees

North Korea has seized on an admission of inaccuracies in the story of defector Shin Dong-hyuk, saying this unravels the UN Commission of Inquiry report on human rights in the country.

Referring to Shin as “Sin Tong Hyok,” a KCNA emphasized the role of Shin’s testimony before the COI in crafting the report, issued last spring, which has catalyzed a push toward human rights awareness culminating in a UN General Assembly vote in the fall to refer the North to the International Criminal Court.