EU pushes for international court case against North Korea

2015-09-21 18:16

Geneva - The UN Security Council should refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, several countries, including EU states, demanded on Monday in Geneva.

UN investigators presented detailed evidence in March 2014 that the Stalinist regime led by Kim Jong Un was directly responsible for massive human rights violations, including crimes against humanity.

Citizens deemed unloyal to the ideology of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have faced slave labour, torture, rape, starvation and imprisonment.

Hundreds of thousands of people have died in prison camps in the past 50 years, the report said.

At a debate at the UN Human Rights Council devoted to North Korea on Monday, EU countries said in a joint statement "that the UN Security Council should refer the situation in the DPRK to the International Criminal Court". 

Such a move has so far been blocked by China, which has veto power in the Security Council and which is one of North Korea's few allies. Several African countries are also opposed to a trial in The Hague because they do not recognize the international court there.

North Korean envoy Ri Hung Sik charged in Geneva that last year's report and Monday's debate were part of a US-led conspiracy.

The US and its allies were using the human rights issue "to eliminate the ideology and social system of the DPRK throughout the annals and centuries of its existence".

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