UN Special Rapporteur on N. Korean Human Rights to Request Sit-down with Pyongyang Envoy

Write : 2017-10-06 13:55:32 Update : 2017-10-09 16:40:31

UN Special Rapporteur on N. Korean Human Rights to Request Sit-down with Pyongyang Envoy

The United Nations' top official on human rights in North Korea says he hopes to meet with Pyongyang's ambassador to the UN later this month.

Special Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quitana told Voice of America he would also like to have a meaningful discussion with various UN member states when he delivers his report on the North's human rights situation to the UN General Assembly on the 26th.

Quintana hopes to address the various human rights abuses occurring in the North's detention facilities as well as concerns regarding the forced repatriation of North Koreans from Chinese soil.

He said he will also raise the question of how much the average North Korean is affected by the stronger bout of sanctions imposed on the Pyongyang regime.

Quintana says North Korea should be held accountable for explaining what happened to Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student who was returned to the United States in a coma and later died after being detained for more than 17 months in the North. He said the rights of foreign prisoners in the North need to be protected and that detainees should be guaranteed a meeting with their consulates. 

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