The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Friday adopted a resolution [text] urging the UN Security Council [official website] to take action against those responsible for documented crimes against humanity in North Korea. The council approved the resolution, which expressed "Deep concern at the systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," by a vote of 30-6 with 11 abstentions. The resolution, originally brought by Japan, "Condemns in the strongest terms" the human rights violations. North Korean ambassador So Se Pyong responded "In the DPRK, we have a proverb saying 'Mind your own business'." The resolution also extends the mandate of its human rights investigator in North Korea by a year.
The resolution based its call to action on the findings of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea which compared the alleged abuses [JURIST report] to those of Nazism, apartheid and the Khmer Rouge. Earlier this month, North Korea held its first parliamentary elections [JURIST report], widely considered to be a formality rather than an actual democratic process, under the leadership of Kim Jong-un [BBC profile]. In February, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] called for action [JURIST report] against North Korea after the release of the COI's human rights report. Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] released satellite pictures [JURIST report] in February showing that North Korea is continuing to expand its system of political prison camps.