April 30, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution of 15 officials this year, the South Korean National Intelligence Service told a closed parliamentary meeting on Wednesday. These officials were allegedly executed by firing squad for spying. Four members of the Unhaso Orchestra are ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The issue of accountability of those responsible for crimes against humanity in the country remains at the top of the agenda, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation in the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Marzuki Darusman said Friday. The comments come a few days ahead of the General Assembly' ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A UN human rights expert said Thursday that there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responsible for "massive" human rights atrocities committed by the state. In February the UN released a report concluding that North Korean security chiefs, and possibly Kim Jong Un, should ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by William Helbling
UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea human rights Marzuki Darusman on Tuesday submitted a report urging that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. Darusman stated that "Korea, including victims, and to ensure accountability of ...[read more]
March 9, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
On Sunday North Korea held its first parliamentary elections under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, successor and son of the late Kim Jong-Il. The elections are held at five-year intervals and are considered more a formality than an actual democratic process, as constituents vote "yes" or "no" for ...[read more]
January 11, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Friday for a UN commission to examine human rights abuses in North Korea. The rights group stated that little has changed within the totalitarian government since Kim Jong-un succeeded his father Kim Jong-il in leading the country one year ago. HRW stated the ...[read more]
November 4, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
The UN's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Marzuki Darusman, expressed concern on Friday about the lack of development in human rights in the nation. The DPRK, better known as North Korea, has struggled with securing its ...[read more]
January 21, 2012
by Jerry Votava
The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korean Human Rights Marzuki Darusman called Friday on the new leadership of North Korea (DPRK) to improve human rights concerns in their country. The statement comes as North Korea begins a new era of leadership under Kim Jong-un, the son of and successor to the ...[read more]
January 17, 2012
by Dwyer Arce
JURIST Columnist Edsel Tupaz of Tupaz & Associates says that because there are no effective international legal remedies to Japanese security concerns regarding North Korea, the Japanese must again pursue diplomatic avenues that may prove more successful after the death of Kim Jong-il...In ...[read more]
December 19, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Amnesty International (AI) responded Monday to the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il by urging his son and likely successor Kim Jong-un to improve the nation's human rights record. AI warned that reports indicate the exchange in power could forecast new repressions to "crush any possibility ...[read more]

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