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Welcoming Seoul Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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2015-06-23 12:54:23
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[June 23, 2015] Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) welcomes the opening of the new UN field office in Seoul by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. The UN Commission of Inquiry’s (COI) February 2014 report called for the establishment of this field-based structure. In that report, the COI found that a wide array of “crimes against humanity have been committed in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, pursuant to policies established at the highest level of the state.” “These crimes against humanity are on-going, because the policies, institutions and patterns of impunity that lie at their root remain in place,” the COI continued.


Subsequently, the UN Human Rights Council, in its 2014 Resolution A/HRC/RES/25/25, recommended the establishment of a field-based structure “to strengthen monitoring and documentation of the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to ensure accountability, to enhance engagement and capacity-building with the Governments of all States concerned, civil society and stakeholders, and to maintain visibility of the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, including through sustained communications, advocacy and outreach initiatives.”

NKHR was actively involved in the establishment of the UN COI and continues to advocate for implementation of the COI’s recommendations. NKHR is a strong supporter of the UN office in South Korea, viewing it as an important milestone in the long-term task of documenting and ensuring accountability for the international crimes committed by the North Korean regime. We look forward to supporting the field office in its work.

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