June 02, 2023

Peruvian legal expert set to be new UN rapporteur on North Korean human rights

Nominee Elizabeth Salmón has extensive experience in human rights law but will likely face stonewalling from Pyongyang

The U.N. Human Rights Council has nominated a Peruvian scholar with expertise in human rights law to serve as the next special rapporteur on North Korean human rights, the U.N. announced on Tuesday.

Elizabeth Salmón's nomination from among eight applicants sets her up to be the first woman to fill the position, as well as the second special rapporteur in a row to hail from South America. Once appointed, she will take over the mandate to investigate and report human rights violations in the DPRK from Tomás Ojea Quintana, the current rapporteur from Argentina.