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UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea

UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea

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Investigators document systematic and widespread human rights abuses that they say amount to crimes against humanity.
Investigators document systematic and widespread human rights abuses that they say amount to crimes against humanity.

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Human Rights Council
Twenty-fifth session
Agenda item 4
Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
Report of the detailed findings of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Summary
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5.5ntroduction..............................................................................................................6$$55.7andate and methodology of the commission of inquiry........................................%/14$A.8rigins of the mandate.....................................................................................%/#$9.5nterpretation of the mandate...........................................................................&/#0%C.:on/cooperation by the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea..................#/#21D.7ethods of )or;..............................................................................................#1/%#0-.<egal frame)or; and standard of proof for reported iolations......................%&/21$.Archiing and record/;eeping of testimony....................................................2=/141555."istorical and political conte>t to human rights iolations inthe Democratic People’s Republic of Korea............................................................1$/%#=A.Pre/colonial history..........................................................................................12/1==9.?apanese colonial occupation *=0 to =4$+..................................................=0/=4#0C.Diision of the peninsula@ the Korean ar and its legacy...............................=$/0=#D.5mposition of the Bupreme <eader *
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+ system......................................0/#1#2-.Consolidation of po)er under the Kim dynasty..............................................#=/$2&4.->ternal dynamics and the human rights situation..........................................$1/%#4&5.indings of the commission.....................................................................................%&/0#4$A.iolations of the freedoms of thought@ e>pression and religion......................%&/#%44$9.Discrimination on the basis of Btate/assigned social class *
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+@ gender and disability........................................................................................#%$/&$424C.iolations of the freedom of moement and residence@ including the freedom to leae ones o)n country and the prohibition of refoulement........&$$/4=#==D.iolations of the right to food and related aspects of the right to life.............4=&/%=#44-.Arbitrary detention@ torture@ e>ecutions@ enforced disappearanceand political prison camps...............................................................................%=&/14$#01.-nforced disappearance of persons from other countries@including through abduction............................................................................14%/0##20.Crimes against humanity..........................................................................................0##/%$&=A.Definition of crimes against humanity under international la)......................0#%/0&#&#09.Crimes against humanity in political prison camps.........................................0&&/0%2&#&C.Crimes against humanity in the ordinary prison system..................................0%1/01%&&0D.Crimes against humanity targeting religious belieers and others consideredto introduce subersie influences...................................................................012/0=2&&&
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-.Crimes against humanity targeting persons )ho try to flee the country.........0=1/4&&$.Btaration.........................................................................................................$/&2&&=,.Crimes against humanity targeting persons from other countries@in particular through international abductions.................................................&1/$4&4$".A case of political genocide...........................................................................$$/$=&$05.Principal findings of the commission..............................................................%0/%$&$5.-nsuring accountability@ in particular for crimes against humanity.........................%%/#0&$#A.5nstitutional accountability..............................................................................%2/=4&$#9.5ndiidual criminal accountability...................................................................=$/#0&&$=C.Responsibility of the international community................................................#04/#0&%&55.Conclusions and recommendations..........................................................................#/##4&%$
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