UN to Finally Probe N. Korea's Secret Gulags
Prison camps could amount to crimes against humanity: official
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 22, 2013 12:11 PM CDT
Visitors look at North Korea through binoculars at the Unification Observation Post in Paju near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, South Korea, Thursday, March 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously agreed to launch its first-ever investigation of human rights abuses in North Korea. An investigator urged a focus on prison camps, which "could qualify as crimes against humanity," he said. "These are camps which have the purpose of driving the people being detained there toward a slow death." The UN has evidence of some 200,000 people held in the camps, where rape, torture, and forced labor are commonplace, says its high commissioner for human rights.

North Korea's UN ambassador called the plan "full of political invective," arguing that the country boasts "one of the best systems in the world for the protections of human rights," the BBC reports. It's doubtful the UN team will be allowed to enter the country, so its probe will likely be based instead on satellite images and defector interviews. In other regional news, the US is sounding hopeful that China will cooperate on sanctions, AFP reports. "We've heard nothing but the strong intention to implement the Security Council resolution," says a US official. "We fully expect to work very cooperatively with the Chinese."

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kawahchan
Mar 23, 2013 1:05 PM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Frankly, North Korean kid Kim Jong-un has lost his father Kim Jong-il's relics of the arms sales and the hidden nuclear device in Myanmar's secret tunnel; only the Japanese IRIS Communist agents play the role to takeover Jung-un's business from the Myanmar military junta. Sure, the IRIS I, II were negotiated the North, South Unification Summits at Hungary, but IRIS III is the South Korean President Park Geun-hye's presidency, the South Korean NSS and American Republican CIA are just doing the excellent job on Toleration; may be Kim Jong-un has owed South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island's lives, but the IRIS III is too ingenious and clever move to use a German-made Rheinmetall Defense Laser weapon to disconnect the bridge between North Korea and China. Deeply thinking about it, the IRIS III knows the Chinese President Xi Jinping won't be fool to back Kim Jong-un but that'll make the exiled Kim Jong-nam could not stay inside mainland China either to save his own life because the IRIS Japanese Communist agents and his North Korean step-brother want to assassinate him for the Jong-un dynasty, and IRIS Japanese Communists want to interfere the "US-North Korea Non-Aggression Treaty" to present to the United Nations Security Council, the Japan's IRIS Communists hate that fulfillment ... WHY ? The South Korean IRIS TV series will keep the fact in the next-next IRIS 4 to play the South Korean NSS and American Republican CIA to joint-venture to combat the Japanese IRIS Communists. Stay tone.
reallybig
Mar 22, 2013 6:02 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... The UN will investigate (alleged) human rights abuses and crimes against humanity in North Korean (Gulags) prison camps .. but .. completely ignore the US killer drones who kill thousands of innocents .. and the assassinations by the CIA .. who the Obama team consider unfriendly politicians, and families of those considered unfriendly of the US. -- THE TRUTH -- And the US killer drones keep killing .. and the CIA keeps assassinating, the innocents. -------------------------- REALLY
Steve4freedom
Mar 22, 2013 4:27 PM CDT
The shame is that not the chest-beating USA, but the UN got involved in this scary thing. Communism is genocide, anywhere the commies set their feet mass murdering begun after gun confiscations. In Russia, in Central- Eastern Europe, in Asia and in South America as well. The North Korean S22 death camps murdered already over 4 million people, entire families were sent there and perished, so the 200,000 people maybe just the leftover... That fat @sshole must be put on trial and executed by a war-crime tribunal.