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    S. Korea calls for Pyongyang to improve human rights 통일부 “北 인권침해 명백, 비상식적

    South Korea is calling on North Korea to take concrete measures to improve its human rights situation. This follows Pyongyang′s rejection of a U.N. report that was based on accounts of North Korean defectors… which included the report of a defector who recently confessed that parts of his story about living in a prison camp were false. Seoul′s unification ministry says Pyongyang′s claims are “preposterous” and added the international community will continue to address the regime′s human rights violations.

  • Event next week to mark first anniversary of landmark report on NK human rights
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    Event next week to mark first anniversary of landmark report on NK human rights

    Officials and researchers from Korea and the U.S. will gather in Washington next Tuesday… to mark the first anniversary of the UN Commission of Inquiry′s landmark report on North Korea′s human rights record. They are expected to discuss Pyongyang′s human rights violations… and its future. The event is garnering a lot of attention because it comes at a time when North Korea is demanding its human rights records be expunged… following a defector′s recent confession that parts of his story about his life in a prison camp were falsified. Despite the confession,… key officials who will be at next week′s meeting including then-chair of the UN COI Michael Kirby… emphasized…

  • N. Korea calls on UN to retract its human rights resolution   북한, 유엔에 ′이권결의 무효화
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    N. Korea calls on UN to retract its human rights resolution 북한, 유엔에 ′이권결의 무효화

    North Korea is demanding the United Nations retract its resolution on the country′s human rights record. The North′s state-run Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong sent a letter to the UN asking it to withdraw the adopted resolution, saying it′s based on false information. North Korea has been demanding that its human rights record be expunged since last month, when North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk admitted that he had falsified parts of his story about his experiences in a prison camp. Ri has reportedly said Pyongyang is willing to talk about its human rights record when the UN withdraws its resolution.

  • U.S. Senate initiates bill on North Korea human rights abuses
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    U.S. Senate initiates bill on North Korea human rights abuses

    The U.S. Senate says… it wants a report on political prison camps in North Korea to be submitted to both intelligence committees of Congress. The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 states… the Director of National Intelligence should show… how the U.S. is supporting implementation of the recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea. The bill says… this should include the eventual establishment of a tribunal to hold individuals accountable for abuses. It should also cover the estimated prisoner population, the geographical location, reasons for confinement of the prisoners and the prison conditions of each and every political prison camp in North Korea.…

  • U.S. Congress passes legislation requiring report on N. Korea′s political prison
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    U.S. Congress passes legislation requiring report on N. Korea′s political prison

    The United States will launch a full-blown probe into the status of North Korea′s system of political prison camps. Sources in the U.S. say a bill calling for an investigation passed through the House of Representatives and the Senate earlier this week. The report will be required to include the size of the camps, reasons behind the inmates′ detainment as well as satellite imagery of the prisons. The legislation also calls for the identification of individuals and agencies responsible for conditions in each camp at all levels of the North′s government. It′s believed to be first time the United States has passed a law calling for a probe into the…

  • Bridging the North-South divide
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    Bridging the North-South divide

    More than 60 years of separation have made North and South Korea two very different places, and although Koreans from both sides of the border share the same language,… their understanding of one another is limited. This is most true among the younger generation of South Koreans, who will be looked upon to lead… if and when unification occurs. It was with this in mind that the Korean government hosted a special youth camp on Thursday. Shin Se-min reports. This 24-year-old North Korean defector, known only by his family name Kim,… fled his home country because of economic hardships. His first attempt at defecting ended in failure, and he was…

  • Prisoners will only be released when Kim regime is completely gone: UN official
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    Prisoners will only be released when Kim regime is completely gone: UN official

    A top UN official says there′s no way human rights can be protected in North Korea while the country is under the leadership of Kim Jong-un. In an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, the UN′s special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, Marzuki Darusman, said the estimated 80 thousand to 100 thousand prisoners will only be freed from North Korea′s prison camps once Pyongyang′s cult leadership system is overhauled. Darusman added the regime will only be completely dismantled when the Kim family dynasty is removed and a new leadership takes over. He noted a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly last year that calls for the…

  • North Korea defends human rights record at United Nations   북한, 유엔에서 인권 설명회…적극
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    North Korea defends human rights record at United Nations 북한, 유엔에서 인권 설명회…적극

    We begin this newscast with North Korea′s human rights issue. With mounting pressure from the international community,… the North Korean mission at the United Nations held a rare session. There, the regime pointed its finger at other nations… and denied the existence of political prison camps. Choi You-sun has our top story. North Korea has reiterated its previous stance that it is open to discussing its human rights record with the international community, so long as there′s sincerity behind the talks. This, after South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se′s recent proposal for inter-Korean talks on the issue. As the United Nations plans to adopt a resolution next month condemning human…

  • News In-depth: UN panel wraps up investigation of N. Korea’s human rights violation in Seoul
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    News In-depth: UN panel wraps up investigation of N. Korea’s human rights violation in Seoul

    A panel of UN inspectors on the human rights situation in North Korea wrapped up their 10-day stay in Seoul on this Tuesday. Before moving on to Japan,. their next destination,. the three-member panel briefed reporters on their findings through their collection of testimonies from North Korean defectors in Seoul. For more, let’s go live to Hwang Sung-hee at the Arirang News Center. Sung-hee, how exactly was this investigation conducted by the UN panel? The United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry, headed by Michael Kirby, has been in Seoul since August 18th. Since then, the three commissioners held public hearings to collect testimonies from those who witnessed North Korea’s violation of…