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Follow Up Universal Periodic Review with Concrete Action

(Geneva) – United Nations member countries offered strong criticism and scores of recommendations addressing Rwanda’s human rights record during the country’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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11 Asia-Pacific Governments Oppose 120 States on Capital Punishment Moratorium

(Bangkok) – Eleven countries from the Asia-Pacific region were among the small minority that voted against a United Nations resolution opposing the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 17, 120 UN member states voted in favor of a…
A view of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, October 1, 2018.
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Torture, Lack of Due Process, Arbitrary Punishment, Corruption Rampant

(Seoul) – The North Korean pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary and lacks any semblance of due process, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Former detainees described systematic torture, dangerous and unhygienic…
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Human Rights Council Seat Demands Greater Leadership

(Sydney) – The Australian government should make the protection of human rights a central focus of its foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the recently reappointed Foreign Minister Marise Payne that was released today. …
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New Q&A Examines Sanctions Regime, Trump-Kim Summit

(New York) – United Nations and bilateral sanctions against North Korea for grave human rights violations should continue until the government makes substantial progress addressing abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. A new Q&A…
A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) in Washignton, DC, U.S. May 17, 2018 and in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018 respectively.
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This questions-and-answers document sets out the sanctions regime and other diplomatic measures imposed on North Korea, Human Rights Watch’s position on sanctions, and recommendations for addressing North Korea’s human rights record. It explains how…
A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) in Washignton, DC, U.S. May 17, 2018 and in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018 respectively.
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Press North Korea to Engage With UN Special Rapporteur, Allow Country Visit

(Seoul) – South Korea should raise the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) during the April 27 summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Human Rights…
South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during a ceremony celebrating the 99th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement against Japanese colonial rule, at Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul, South Korea, March 1, 2018. REUTERS
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Discussion in Geneva Spotlights Child Labor, Media, Markets, and Accountability

(Geneva) – North Korean escapees and criminal justice experts will offer a rare view of pervasive human rights violations in everyday life in North Korea during a side event at the United Nations Human Rights Council session this week,…
Tomas Ojea Quintana, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, attends a news conference after his report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, March 12, 2018.
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Women Prisoners Face Physical and Sexual Abuse by Interrogators and Prison Guards

(Geneva) – The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women should press the North Korean government to stop security officials and prison guards from physically and sexually abusing female prisoners,…
A North Korean soldier stands guard at the entrance of a women’s prison near Chongsong, North Korea, May 31, 2009.
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Government Denies Child Rape and Sexual Abuse

(Seoul) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child should press the North Korean government to protect children who are victims of sexual abuse and harassment, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 20, 2017, as part…
A North Korean flag flies at the DPRK Permanent Mission in Geneva.
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Human Rights Council Opens Door to Prosecution Strategies

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council has brought North Korea another step closer to accountability for human rights crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. A resolution, passed without a vote on March 24, 2017, strengthens the…
Tomás Ojea Quintana, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 13, 2017.
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ICNK Backs Recommendations of New UN Reports

(Seoul) – The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK) today announced its support for two new United Nations reports calling for the international community to hold the North Korean government accountable for crimes…
Kim Jong-Un watches a performance in Pyongyang, North Korea, on February 23, 2017.
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Submission to UN Children’s Committee Highlights Exploitation, Abuse

(Seoul) – The North Korean government should immediately stop exploiting school children by forcing them to work, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing its submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The submission details…
Kim Jong-un attends a performance of school children to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Korean Children's Union (KCU) in Pyongyang in June 2016.
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Forced Labor and Discrimination Will Top Child Rights Committee Briefing

(Geneva) – The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child should press the North Korean government to end the exploitation of children through forced labor and discrimination, Human Rights Watch and three Korean nongovernmental organizations said…
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Countless North Korean Victims Deserve Justice

(New York) – United Nations Security Council members should demand justice for the countless victims of human rights violations by the North Korean government, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 9, 2016, the Security Council is expected to discuss…
Security Council members cast their votes in favor of the adoption of the agenda on human rights abuses by North Korea in New York on December 10, 2015.
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End Ongoing Discrimination, Abductions and Enforced Disappearances

(Seoul) – As North Korea prepares to celebrate the birthday of the country’s late founder and perpetual president, Kim Il-Sung, on April 15, the world should urgently demand an end to the systematic and pervasive human rights abuses taking place today in…
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Panel Discussion in Geneva on March 14 to Focus on Pyongyang Accountability

(Geneva) – United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) member states should protect victims of forced labor and ensure accountability for rights abuses by creating a panel of experts to devise a comprehensive strategy to address decades of impunity in…
Security Council members cast their votes in favor of the adoption of the agenda on human rights abuses by North Korea in New York on December 10, 2015.
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Body of Experts Would Set Out Plan for Rights Responsibility

(Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should support the creation of a panel of experts to ensure accountability for rights abuses in North Korea when it takes up a resolution on the country next month, Human Rights Watch and 13 other groups…
UN Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman addresses a news conference on the situation of human rights in North Korea in Geneva on March 16, 2015.
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A Focus on Accountability

Why is accountability necessary for victims of abuses in North Korea? In 2014, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea found that crimes against humanity, including extermination,…
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Security Council Should Refer to International Criminal Court

(New York) – Today’s United Nations General Assembly resolution sends a strong message to the government of North Korea that its human rights record has made it a pariah on the global stage, Human Rights Watch said today. 119…
Screenshot of the UN General Assembly vote on the resolution on North Korea on December 17, 2015.