September 26, 2020

New UN report highlights dire state of women’s human rights in North Korea

Sexual violence, domestic abuse exacerbated by lack of rule of law, UN envoy for DPRK human rights says in report

North Korea's human rights situation has seen "no sign of improvement" and made no progress toward accountability in recent months, according to the draft of a new United Nations report made public this week by the UN Human Rights Council, with the poor state of women's human rights coming under particular scrutiny.

The report, conducted by the UN's special rapporteur for human rights in the DPRK Tomás Ojea Quintana, highlights a range of abuses against North Korean citizens that have not improved under Kim Jong Un.