UN archive on N. Korean human rights abuses to be established in Geneva

Posted on : 2017-04-01 13:03 KST Modified on : 2019-10-19 20:29 KST
Collected evidence to be part of international efforts to assign responsibility for rights abuses in North Korea
The 34th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva
The 34th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

An archive of information and evidence on human rights abuses by the North Korean regime is to be established in Geneva, Voice of America reported on Mar. 31.

Quoting a report by the UN Office of Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts (OPPBA), VOA explained that the independent archive, to be created in accordance with a North Korean human resolution adopted by the 34th UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), will be established in physically distant Geneva for the security and total confidentiality of sensitive information.

The OPPBA was also quoted as saying a legal officer with at least seven years of experience would be needed to integrate and preserve information and evidence in connection with the archive’s establishment at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, along with another information management officer with at least five years of experience to conduct practical affairs. It also said its UN human rights office in Seoul would require three staffers: one international criminal system expert, one expert in South Korean criminal law, and one expert in interpreting for South Korean law.

On Mar. 24, the UNHRC adopted a North Korean resolution by non-voting agreement that recommends the international community’s cooperation in investigating responsibility in connection with the findings of a Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on crimes against humanity by the North Korean regime.

The resolution suggested specific procedures and methods over the next two years for assigning responsibility for North Korea’s human rights abuses, including boosting the capabilities of the North Korean human rights office and OHCHR, establishing the archive, and appointing legal experts to collect and preserve information and evidence needed for procedures in investigating responsibility.

By Jung In-hwan, staff reporter

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