UN Honcho: We Must Investigate North Korea
Navi Pillay: Nuke worries overshadowing human-rights crisis
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2013 9:35 AM CST
Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.   (AP photo/Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

(Newser) – As the world keeps a vigilant eye on North Korea's nuclear program, the country's long list of human rights violations continue to slip under the radar, charges the United Nation's human rights head. The offenses, which have shown no sign of abating under Kim Jong Un, have "no parallel anywhere in the world," says Navi Pillay, who today called for an international probe. One particular problem, per Pillay: North Korea's "elaborate network of political prison camps."

The camps, which reportedly hold some 200,000, use "torture and other forms of cruel and inhumane treatment, summary executions, rape, slave labor, and forms of collective punishment that may amount to crimes against humanity," Pillay says. The government has been "allowed ... to mistreat its citizens to a degree that should be unthinkable in the 21st century." Some 40 activist organizations support the inquiry; a possible Japan-sponsored resolution at March's Human Rights Council session could launch the effort, the New York Times reports. Click for more on the horrors of North Korea's camps.

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right2dave
Jan 14, 2013 4:45 PM CST
The UN primarily looks for ways to line it’s pockets!
BrushMan
Jan 14, 2013 12:42 PM CST
UN "Honcho?" Sloppy, Newser, sloppy.
MattB
Jan 14, 2013 11:45 AM CST
Thats how you get a reclusive country trying to emerge - a little to the open world & 1st thing we say is investigate - Okay we go back to CLOSED & STAY OUT, c'mon i do believe they should be looked @ but lets let them get their head out of the hole before you start grabbing!