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UN panel condemns North Korea over human rights abuses

[JURIST] A UN General Assembly committee on Thursday approved a resolution [PDF draft text] that reasserted the UN's concern over the alleged human rights violations occurring in North Korea [JURIST news archive]. In passing the resolution, the committee expressed its "serious concern" over the allegations of torture, public executions, oppression of speech and religion, and other human rights abuses in that country. All 191 UN members have a seat on the Assembly's Social Humanitarian and Cultural committee (Third Committee) [official website], so the resolution's adoption by the full General Assembly is expected. The resolution's approval comes during a break during a break in the six-party talks currently being held in Beijing, which are aimed at getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.

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