North to Consider UNHRC Recommendations

Jin Dong Hyeok, intern  |  2014-05-07 13:08

The United Nations Human Rights Council [UNHRC] has presented North Korea with 268 recommendations to improve human rights in the country, 185 of which the North has said it will consider.

The recommendations were presented in Geneva on the 6th after a Universal Periodic Review [UPR], set to be made public at the upcoming UNHRC meeting in September.

North Koreas ambassador to the United Nations So Se Pyong later slammed the move as a work of prejudice and a misunderstanding of the Republic.

Nevertheless, the North has agreed to review 185 of the recommendations put forth and is expected to let the council know of its decision prior to the September meeting.

Rejected recommendations include the scrapping of guilt by association, future cooperation with the international criminal court, the implementation of recommendations as outlined by the Commission of Inquiry into North Korean human rights, a visit to to the country by a UN human rights investigation team, the closure of the nation's political prison camps and the abolition of discrimination based on the songbun class system.

Kwon Eun Kyoung of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea [ICNK] explained to Daily NK, The UPR is a mechanism through which all UN member states can demand detailed and explicit improvements of another countrys human rights situation. The North rejected a set of recommendations presented to them in 2009, so that they are reviewing 185 recommendations this time around indicates they are feeling the pressure from the international community.

Sudan and Malaysia, countries said to be friendly with North Korea, also made recommendations that the North make an effort to improve the human rights of its people. The COI or a special human rights team could be waved aside as political scheming, but these recommendations are not something the North is able to reject 100%," Kwon further assessed. 

 
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