• Kim Jong-Un’s succession as North Korea’s supreme leader after the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il, has had no positive impact on the country’s dire human rights record. More than 200,000 North Koreans, including children, are imprisoned in camps where many perish from forced labor, inadequate food, and abuse by guards. Arbitrary arrest, lack of due process, and torture are pervasive problems. There is no independent media, functioning civil society, or religious freedom. Government policies have continually subjected North Koreans to food shortages and famine. Human Rights Watch is pressing for a UN commission of inquiry to investigate possible crimes against humanity in North Korea.

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama (left) attends a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.
    The United States, Japan, and South Korea should formally endorse efforts to have the UN Security Council refer North Korea’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of a trip by President Barack Obama to Japan and South Korea.


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