An unprecedented study into human rights abuses in North Korea has detailed the government’s alleged crimes against humanity.
The UN inquiry’s report said that police and security forces “systematically employ violence and punishments that amount to gross human rights violations”.
It added that torture is an “established feature of the interrogation process”, and that food is used as a means of control over the population.
Inquiry chairman Michael Kirby said the crimes were “strikingly similar” to Nazi-era atrocities.
He said: “At the end of the Second World War, so many people said: If only we had known … Now the international community does know. There will be no excusing of failure of action because we didn’t know.”
He said the number of officials likely to be responsible for the gravest crimes potentially runs “into hundreds”, and told Sky News the findings of his report are “gruesome”.
However, the secretive regime said the report was based on material faked by hostile forces backed by the United States, the European Union and Japan.
In a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, the commissioners said they would recommend the situation be referred to the International Criminal Court.
They said the court could “render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for the crimes against humanity referred to in this letter and in the commission’s report.”…. see more