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UN expert calls for int’l pressure on North Korea

A UN human rights investigator has called for sustained international action to put pressure on North Korea as part of a multi-pronged strategy to know the fate of hundreds of foreign nationals allegedly abducted by it over several decades.

Marzuki Darusman, the UN Special Rapporteur mandated to investigate the abductions and forced disappearances, laid out the strategy in a report to the UN Human Rights Council UNHRC yesterday.
In the report, Darusman called for “sustained and resolute action” by the international community aimed at “shedding light on all cases of abductions” and returning those still alive to their countries of origin.

“The Special Rapporteur proposes a multi-track strategy which combines outreach to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the bilateral level on different fronts, while maintaining pressure at the international level,” said the report, which will be up for debate at the 47-member forum of the HRC on March 16.


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