March 29, 2023

31 countries call for open Security Council meeting on North Korean human rights

UN body has not publicly discussed the issue in over five years following Chinese opposition

A group of 31 nations led by the U.S. called for the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) to resume open meetings on North Korea’s human rights violations, in a statement released to mark Human Rights Day.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield read out the joint statement at a press conference on Friday, urging “all Security Council members to support an open briefing in 2023 where we can discuss the human rights violations and abuses committed by the DPRK, the implications for peace and security and explore ways to incorporate human rights into the peace and security diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula.”