February 24, 2024

How the UN in Seoul investigates North Korean human rights

Signe Poulsen talks to NK News about advocacy, making an impact, and holding the DPRK to account

The North Korean government has long been seen as one of the world's worst human rights violators, with its crimes sometimes even compared to those of Nazi Germany or the Rwandan genocide in terms of scale and brutality.

The UN's Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, launched in 2013 and concluded in 2014, laid this out in the clearest terms, accusing the North Korean regime of crimes against humanity and the systematic abuse of human rights, and recommending that the UN Security Council recommend the situation to the International Criminal Court.