February 25, 2024
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Five years since the COI, what progress on North Korean human rights?

Experts weigh in on the long-term impact of the Commission of Inquiry

This month marks five years since the release of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry's report on North Korean human rights, a landmark document which found the DPRK responsible for innumerable crimes against humanity and violations of the right to life.

Gathered through testimony of more than 100 people, including victims, witnesses and experts and satellite imagery, the report's release was also widely hailed as a turning point in international recognition of North Korea's human rights problem -- and saw Kim Jong Un himself warned that he could be personally referred to the International Criminal Court.