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North Korea court sentences American to six years of hard labor
September 14, 2014
The Supreme Court of North Korea on Sunday sentenced an American man to six years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the country. The court convicted 24-year-old California resident Matthew Todd Miller of entering the country on April 10th illegally to commit espionage, a charge tha....... [more]

ICC prosecutor finds no grounds to investigate North Korea war crime allegations
June 25, 2014
Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Tuesday that a preliminary investigation into North Korean attacks on South Korea did not satisfy the Rome Statute requirements necessary to initiate a full ICC investigation. The preliminary investigation was launched i....... [more]

UN rights group calls for North Korea to be prosecuted before ICC
April 18, 2014
The chief investigator from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Thursday appealed to the UN Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The call to act came as a result o....... [more]

UN rights body calls for justice in North Korea
March 29, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution urging the UN Security Council to take action against those responsible for documented crimes against humanity in North Korea. The council approved the resolution, which expressed "Deepconcernat the systematic, widespread and gross human rig....... [more]

North Korea atrocities on par with Nazis, Khmer Rouge: UN rights expert
March 17, 2014
Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea Michael Kirby on Monday compared the alleged crimes of the North Korean regime to those of Nazism, apartheid and the Khmer Rouge. In February UN human rights investigators released a 372-page report detailing allegation....... [more]

North Korea holds first parliamentary elections under Kim Jong-un
March 9, 2014
On Sunday North Korea held its first parliamentary elections under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, successor and son of the late Kim Jong-Il. The elections are held at five-year intervals and are considered more a formality than an actual democratic process, as constituents vote "yes" or "no" for the....... [more]

UN rights chief urges action in North Korea
February 19, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday said there can no longer be any excuses for inaction in North Korea following the release of a 372-page report documenting widespread crimes against humanity. Pillay referred to the acts committed in North Korea as so atrocious as to not h....... [more]

South Korea court sentences opposition member of parliament to 12 years
February 17, 2014
The Suwon District Court in South Korea on Monday sentenced Lee Soek-ki to 12 years in jail for plotting a pro-North Korea rebellion. Lee, a member of the opposition United Progressive Party in South Korea's National Assembly, was arrested in September on charges that he discussed strikes on South....... [more]

UN: North Korea rights violations constitute crimes against humanity
February 17, 2014
UN human rights investigators on Monday released a 372-page report detailing widespread crimes against humanity in North Korea that they believe should be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report, which is to be debated by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on March....... [more]

AI: North Korea continues expansion of political prison system
December 5, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released new satellite images and an assessment of North Korea's political prison camps, which reveal new housing blocks, an expansion of production facilities and continued tight security. In a report titled "North Korea: Continued Investment in the Infrastruc....... [more]

UN rights commission finds serious violations in North Korea
September 17, 2013
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) commission responsible for investigating potential human rights violations in North Korea on Tuesday reported widespread human rights abuses occurring in the country. The Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was establ....... [more]


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