September 26, 2020

UN special rep. for North Korea human rights issues warning over coronavirus

Call to action comes as fears grow that coronavirus epidemic will spread to ill-prepared North Korea

Pyongyang should make it easier for foreign aid groups to enter the country and help prevent a coronavirus outbreak, the UN's top envoy for human rights in the DPRK said in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement, from UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea Tomás Ojea Quintana, comes amid growing concerns about what will happen if the epidemic spreads to North Korea.