The U.N. Commission of Inquiry says it has found crimes against humanity in North Korea and urges the international community to respond and investigate the case properly. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.N. Commission of Inquiry says on Monday (September 21) that it has found evidence of crimes against humanity in North Korea and urges the international community to investigate the case properly. "Crimes against humanity have been found and it is not open to the world community to turn away. It is the duty of the world community when there have been findings that there is a reasonable case for crimes against humanity, it is the obligation of the international community to respond and have those matters properly investigated and if found to warrant prosecution brought before an appropriate court or tribunal. That is an obligation of international law," Michael Kirby, Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry on DPRK told a news conference in Geneva before the start of a discussion panel on North Korea at the Human Rights Council. On February 2014, the Commission established in its report that between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners are currently detained in four large political prison camps, where deliberate starvation has been used as a means of control and punishment. Gross violations are also being committed in the regular prison system. The Commission also found that, since 1950, the state's violence has been externalized through state-sponsored abductions and enforced disappearances of people from other nations. These international enforced disappearances are unique in their intensity, scale and nature, the report said. The discussion panel starts at 1000GMT. Marzuki Darusman, current Special Rapporteur on DPRK will participate along with Koichiro Iizuka, Vice Secretary-General, Japanese Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, and Ms. Kwon Eun-kyoung representing the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea.