North Korea

COVID contributed to ‘starvation’, executions in DPR Korea, Rights Council hears

Disturbing reports have emerged from North Korea - officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) - that people have starved or been executed because of COVID-19 restrictions, a leading rights expert said on Wednesday.

Human rights report details ‘heartbreaking’ accounts of women detained in DPRK

Women forcibly returned to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are subjected to torture, ill treatment, sexual abuse, and other violations, according to a report published on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights office.

News in Brief 28 July 2020

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North Korea missile tests ‘deeply troubling’: senior UN official

Recent developments concerning North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are “deeply troubling”, the UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific said on Wednesday, briefed the Security Council.

News in Brief 28 May 2019

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North Koreans trapped in ‘vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption, repression’ and endemic bribery: UN human rights office

Bribery is the main way people in North Korea get food, healthcare, shelter and work, a new UN human rights office report said on Tuesday.

Human rights agenda in North Korea has not seen ‘any progress at all’: UN expert

The international community must put human rights ahead of policy changes, when it comes to negotiations with North Korea, which is officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). That’s the advice of the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights for the nation, Tomas Quintana, who says  shared findings of his latest report with Liling Huang of UN News's Chinese Unit. 

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UN relief chief assesses scale of needs in North Korea, welcomes government engagement

North Korea has very clear humanitarian needs which the international community can help to resolve, the UN’s top humanitarian official said on Thursday, after his first visit to the country, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  Relief chief Mark Lowcock described how one in five children there, suffers from stunted growth. He told Daniel Johnson a lack of funding and international sanctions was hampering the delivery of vitally needed food and medicines, “which isn’t what anybody wants”.

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Visiting North Korea, UN relief chief spotlights funding shortfall to meet humanitarian needs

The United Nations is seeking to raise $111 million to meet humanitarian needs in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where millions of people face malnutrition, a shortage medicines, and lack of access to safe drinking water, the Organization’s top relief official said on Wednesday.

North Korea: ‘Time to talk human rights’, says UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday urged North Korea to open a dialogue with him in parallel to the ongoing diplomatic efforts being undertaken on peace and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.