February 06, 2023

Special envoy on North Korean human rights faces fierce opposition at UN

Russia, Iran and others criticize Elizabeth Salmon’s mandate and call for an end to ‘politicized’ info gathering on DPRK

The new U.N. special rapporteur on North Korean human rights faced a sharply divided U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, as some member states accused past rapporteurs of fabricating lies about human rights conditions inside the DPRK.

Elizabeth Salmon briefed the U.N.’s third committee on her first report published earlier this month in which she emphasized unresolved cases of alleged forced disappearances in the DPRK and reiterated her intention to focus her mandate on women and girls.