July 31, 2021

UN official sounds the alarm on North Korean human rights amid COVID-19

Tomás Ojea Quintana raised concerns over the "drastic reduction" of North Korean defectors entering the South this year

A top U.N. human rights official sounded the alarm over isolation and hindered aid deliveries as North Korea’s borders remain closed over COVID-19.

Tomás Ojea Quintana, the U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, urged the outside world to pursue “collaboration and solidarity among states” in fighting COVID-19 and coaxing the DPRK to open up to outside help.