UN names human rights expert to monitor situation in DPR Korea
A Thai law professor with extensive international human rights experience has been named as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Vitit Muntarbhorn has a history of work with the UN, including, from 1990-1994, working as its expert calling attention to abuses related to the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of a UN fund which disburses grants to help promote human rights.
Mr. Muntarbhorn, a Professor of Law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok specializing in human rights and humanitarian issues, has participated in numerous related activities around the world. He has also published widely both locally and internationally on subjects ranging from rights in the Asia-Pacific region to refugee law, child rights, women's rights and humanitarian law.
As Special Rapporteur on the DPRK, he is mandated to investigate and report on the human rights situation in the country, including compliance with its obligations under both international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.