U.N. committee condemns North Korea rights abuses

Jiji Press NEW YORK (Jiji Press) — A U.N. panel on Tuesday adopted a resolution condemning North Korea for its human rights violations, including abductions of Japanese citizens, and nuclear and missile development at the sacrifice of its people’s welfare.

The U.N. General Assembly Third Committee adopted the Japan- and European Union-led resolution by consensus. The committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues passed such a resolution for the 13th straight year.

North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations rejected the resolution and walked out before the adoption. Some countries, including China, Russia, Iran and Cuba, declined to join the motion. The resolution is expected to be adopted by the General Assembly this year.

The resolution newly expresses grave concerns about the country’s reported torture of foreign people, death penalties without legal procedures and arbitrary detention.

Some foreign people, including from the United States, are detained in North Korea. A U.S. college student released in a coma in June died just after his return to the United States. Speech

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