UN adopts NK rights resolution again
The United Nations has adopted a resolution for the 13th consecutive year that condemned human rights abuses by the North Korean regime.
The resolution urges Pyongyang to "immediately put an end" to human rights violations ranging from torture and rape to public executions and forced labour. It is the 13th document of its kind since 2005.
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Ja Song-nam, the country's ambassador to the UN, was joined by the envoys of China and Russia in expressing opposition to the resolution. Still, the UN General Assembly adopted the document by consensus without a vote.
The UN Third Committee, which oversees humanitarian issues, first adopted the text last month.
It places new emphasis on the need to resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War and provide assistance to foreign nationals detained in the North. Currently, they are known to include three Americans and six South Koreans.Britain to set EU 'Exit Day' in law
For the fourth straight year, the resolution also urges the UN Security Council to refer the North Korean leadership to the International Criminal Court.
The text was jointly penned by the European Union and Japan, with contributions from some 60 nations, including South Korea.